Re: What certification governs non-DRE electroinc systems

From: charlie strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Mon Apr 05 2004 - 01:09:34 CDT

Alan, pardon me for misquoting you. I had a strong recollection that it was you. Perhaps it was Dr. Mertz or another OVC person. I apologize for putting words in your mouth.

-----Original Message-----
From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Sent: Apr 4, 2004 10:39 PM
To: voting-project@lists.sonic.net
Subject: Re: What certification governs non-DRE electroinc systems

Charlie,

>
> Since this topic has come up on OVC and Alan has
> tersely suggested that OVC might not require these
> certifications ..........
>
I don't recall such a suggestion. As far as I can remember, I have
acknowledged that the ballot printer type system we are talking about would
required state and federal certification.

Three years ago, I talked to Wyle Labs and PSI Net regarding certification.
Perhaps the impression you have has something to do with the fact that COTS
(commodity off the shelf) hardware components don't require the the type of
testing as custom engineered products.

> I wanted to follow this up. What certifications does OVC
> or a non-DRE assistive device need? Or has this issue at
> least been looked at in the context of a particular state
> ( presumably california)? Finally, if you dont know the
> answer where is the place to look--Naively one would
> assume the best person to ask would be the head of the
> NASED but empirically this is not the case!
>
I think the OVC is doing some trail blazing. We won't know the exact
testing/certification requirements until we go through it. FYI, I
explained (3 years ago) that the system we want to develop is *NOT A DRE*.
Some guy in one of the labs was saying that I was describing a DRE. Does it
matter that one of the top voting technology experts NIST ever has had
explicity stated that the system I have proposed is "NOT A DRE?*
(http://vote.nist.gov/pospapers/Saltman-AuditabilityofDREs(Revised)2003.pdf
)

The OVC project--once funded--will have a strong regulatory/legal component.
There will probably be as meany billable hours involved in that aspect as
the purely software coding aspect.

Alan

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