Re: Ballot Reconciliation Procedure

From: Gene Mosher <gene_at_viewtouch_dot_com>
Date: Mon Dec 01 2003 - 14:23:04 CST

Lou Montulli wrote:

> Alan,
> In order to survive power outages and system crashes, you will need to
> save the ballots as they are cast. I think the security of the
> machines would be much easier to verify if they didn't have hard
> drives at all, so what about using external flash memory writers. A
> USB flash memory reader costs around $10 and the flash cards could be
> pre-verified and inserted on the day of the election. You could then
> remove the flash cards, flip the write protect and cover it with a
> tamper proof seal and send them to the election center. The flash
> writers themselves could be physically secured by routing all the
> cables into a locked box. In the future, if you wanted to get fancy
> you could get write once flash cards that allow data to be written and
> read but not modified.
> :lou

I would say that a power outage can be solved by a small APC unit or
something like that. If you visit and look at the
light systems then you'll see a very small computer that uses power like
a true embedded system. This unit could run all day on the smallest APC
if power were lost.

System crashes? Well, those are as rare as snow in Miami if were
talking about FreeBSD or Debian Linux. I say that from experience.

Hard drives are not necessary. Compact Flash and network booting would
eliminate the need for a hard drive. If a hard drive were to be used
then it would definitely be a 9.5 mm notebook hard drive, but I agree
that it should not be used because it is a moving part that generates heat.

Gene Mosher

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