Re: Not your ordinary barcode

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Mon Apr 19 2004 - 11:02:44 CDT

William,

> Which is all well and good, except for two things. In the real world I
> can absolutely guarantee you that the barcode will NOT be used simply to
> assist blind voters, it will be used for the actual count . . .
>
How do you know that? I don't think you've look at the OVC architecture.

The precinct level tabulation is actually done using electronic ballot
images (EBIs) from the voting stations that have been verified to have
matching paper ballots.

The verified EBIs get transmitted to the county HQ.

There are numerous checks and cross checks. I will be virtually impossible
for someone to make the barcode say one thing while the text says something
else--without being detected.

>
> Please, I beg you to give this issue some very serious thought.
>
We will be starting our security assessment in earnest soon--led by
Professor Amit Sahai of Princeton. I invite you to participate in that
discussion. In the mean time, rest assurred that some very smart people
that are on this list have given all this a great deal of serious thought.
You may want to do more reading and thinking and less writing for a little
while.

Alan D.
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