Re: Minimum hardware requirements and a few odds and ends.

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Thu Apr 22 2004 - 15:21:14 CDT

On Apr 21, 2004, at 11:20 PM, Nathan L. Adams wrote:

> On Wednesday 21 April 2004 11:44 pm, Ed Kennedy wrote:
>> I know that it doesn't take much of a computer to run a cd only
>> based
>> Linux program like Knoppix or Slax. However, I note that there is
>> also a
>> proposal that 'images' of the computer generated ballot be burned to
>> a CD
>> at the same time if I understand this correctly. OK, that means 2 CD
>> drives with one being capable of burning CD's.
>
> Good point. The CD burner could be external, and thrifty districts
> could buy
> one burner (or just a few burners) per polling place. Or perhaps we
> could
> burn the votes back to the boot CD.

There is value in burning back to the boot CD. This means that all
the evidence concerning that voting machine is in one place, not only
what it was booted with, but also the ballot layout it's set up to vote
and a copy of the electronic ballot box for all the ballots it printed.
Snag a copy of the BIOS onto the CDR as you start the system, and you
even have the evidence you might be asked to provide that allows you to
ask if the BIOS of the voting machine was one of the approved ones or
was something evil.

Just make sure to use CDR drives and not CDRW technology, since you do
want this data to be tamperproof. Also, prior to inserting the CD
in the drive to configure the machine for the polling place, hand copy
the machine's serial number from wherever it is to the back of the CD
using an approved marking device (something indelible that won't eat
holes in the CD).

                Doug Jones
                jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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