Re: Verifying Aggrigate Votes

From: Jim Soper <somethoughts_at_aol_dot_com>
Date: Tue Aug 21 2007 - 21:59:59 CDT

I have been proposing for well over a year?that the current crop of tabulators should be able to export what in Diebold terms is called a "detailed precinct report" - listing how many votes each candidate got in each precinct. This file should be then posted and updated?on the county or state web site regularly on election night and?thereafter - every time the county sends a statement of vote to the SoS. in California, this is every hour, roughly.

The file could be in tab-delimited, xml, XML Schema, or EML format. Just so that the public can download the data and check the totals in their own spreadsheet or other program.

Since at least Diebold and Sequoia use MS databases, this exporting should be easy to do.

The other step is to make sure that all ballots are sorted into precincts, and to then audit & check the precinct totals against the posted totals.

Jim Soper

-----Original Message-----
From: Joe Baker <joebaker@dcresearch.com>
To: OVC Discuss <ovc-discuss@listman.sonic.net>
Sent: Fri, 17 Aug 2007 11:21 am
Subject: [OVC-discuss] Verifying Aggrigate Votes

Hello,
We are doing a great job at the hard work of preparing Open Source
software for local precincts.

However...

I'm wondering if anybody is thinking about the higher levels. Verifying
the totals at the county, state and federal levels?

I can envision a county election official submitting his federal vote
counts to all the interested parties via a designated file on one of
several possible web sites. PGP signatures would ensure that the
election official certified the numbers. The certified vote results
would be replicated to various mirrors, possibly using bittorrent.

The design of the web site would be open source and easily deployable by
each and all interested parties.

My concern is that the aggregation of vote totals aren't skewed, and
that they are verifiable via non-refutable digital key signature process.

Is anything like this being done?

-Joe Baker
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