NM looking to paper ballots

From: charlie strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Thu Dec 09 2004 - 13:01:25 CST

Hi,
things are changing rapidly in New Mexico. Our governor has appointed someone to oversea coming up election reform and one of the high bullet points is paper trails.

They have been asking my group to supply input in terms of raw data not advice (like which system have paper trails), And I'm getting a bit concerned they are asking the wrong questions. (seeing trees not forrests on the issue of ballot integrity)

Our SOS, the head of NASS, continues to tell everyone that New Mexico already has paper trails and open source code. Neither is true excpet under her peculiar defiintions. So clearing the air and getting to basics (the forest) is what is needed specifics. But things are happening too fast.

If you are motivated to do so, contacting the NM governors office would in fact likely be met with interest.

I myself plan to call the key people and try to get meetings with them.

At the moment, in trying to respond to one of the tree-not-forrest questions I'm debating how break down the Source code verus Binary issue for them. That is I want to come to them with an ordered list of what is needed in terms of priorities. The first four mandates are really easy but then I need your advice:

1) stop buying current generation machines till issue is settled

2) you must have voter verified (paper) trails, preferably these are the primary ballot.

3) if the primary ballot is electronic and not paper, then 1% of the paper should be randomly re-counted.

4) you ought to have (true) open source

--- now the hard parts---

how do I explain that open source should include the operating system.
How do I explain that you somehow have to validate that the binary matches the opensource and that it is what was run on election day

--- why these are tricky---
these are tricky because there is no good answer. these are gaping holes. so one is left in a weird position of arguing closing some holes and not others. Sure one could try to be a hardass an insist on solutions for the above. but that may be a non-starter if it eliminates too many manufacturers.

Even OVC might have a hard time with assuring the binary run was the certified binary. So would that only leave say the vogue automark and OVC, the pure paper solutions? I like OVC but it would be suicide to promote that as the ONLY viable solution. Let them come to that conclusion themsleves.

So give me some tips!

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