Re: VVSG Standards for Electronic Ballot Printers

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Wed Feb 20 2008 - 16:41:13 CST

Here are a couple of things to start with. EBPs could be in two categories.
For the moment, I'd say "pure printers" and "hybrid." Security
considerations are slightly different for these two categories.

The original demo OVC created was a hybrid, in this sense. Voter's
selections were stored electronically and were printed on paper. There
there was a process to reconcile the electronic record with the printed
ballots.

The pure printer variety is what I am promoting now. Also, I believe the
Populex system is a pure printer in this sense. For the pure printer, none
of the data from the voter gets stored on the voting machine on any
nonvolatile media (other than the paper ballot).

With both categories, I suppose there should be some way to ensure that data
is not stored in a way that could be retrieved after the polls close to
reconstruct the sequence of voters and selections made. That is, for each
voter session, the information should be destroyed once the ballot is
printed. If Electronic Ballot Images (EBIs) are stored, they must be
shuffled.

One of the main things an EBP must provide is proof that the each printed
ballot in the ballot box was printed on one of the voting machines at the
poll site on Election Day while the polls were open.

Alan D.

> While the concept of Electronic Ballot Printers (EBPs) is mentioned
> in the VVSG, standards for them are somewhat lacking. Without
> standards, it is hard to get them tested and certified. So let's
> start a discussion here about what should be the general (not OVC
> specific) VVSG standards for EBPs. A good place to find the current
> VVSG draft is http://www.vvsg.org
>
> Best regards,
> Arthur
>
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