Re: Ballot Reconciliation Procedure

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Mon Dec 01 2003 - 12:16:01 CST

> I don't think we've decided on the harddrive/no harddrive issue.
> It's a fair question. We plan to boot from CD ROM and write
> out the results to the CD when the polls close.
I want to point out part of the logic here that you may have missed (I'm
sure it's in the archives somewhere).

The CD will be saved and become an important part of the audit trail. It
answers the question, in part, about how do we know that right software was
loaded on election day. It not only has all the ballot images recorded on
the voting machine on Election Day, but it has the OS, the application
software, and the contest database. I envision that the CPU would be in a
wire cage (perhaps suspended from under the table). Once the CD is inserted
the cage would be locked and would not be opened until the polls close.
This process (inserting the PC and locking the cage) would be witnessed.

Alan D.
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