Re: VVSG Standards for Electronic Ballot Printers

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Wed Feb 20 2008 - 19:19:50 CST

There's another dichotomy: whether or not the EBP produces ballots
that match hand-marked paper ballots. If the EBP produces ballots
that match in format hand-marked paper ballots, then Alan's
suggestion must hold for both hand-marked paper ballots and
EBP-produced ballots. As such, the proof is better done through the
Precinct-Count Optical Scanner than through the EBP.

Best regards,

At 2:41 PM -0800 2/20/08, Alan Dechert wrote:
>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
>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
>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
>> Best regards,
> > Arthur

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