Re: draft of text for new OVC-sponsored bill

From: cls <cls_at_truffula_dot_sj_dot_ca_dot_us>
Date: Mon Jan 19 2009 - 18:23:26 CST

>Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 16:56:34 -0700
>From: "Jim March" <>
>To: "Open Voting Consortium discussion list" <>
>Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] draft of text for new OVC-sponsored bill

>On Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 4:29 PM, Alan Dechert <> wrote:
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ronald Crane" <>
>> No CD-R or CD-RW. The disks will be made with duplicators appropriate for
>> the purpose. Did you come to LinuxWorld? We had one there. Disk labels
>> will be serialized.

>Great. So there should be NO problem at all with somebody who does
>outside oversight briefly borrowing the county's CD at the precinct
>during polls close and ripping an ISO of it for later study.

I've got a small problem with that. The county's CD at the precinct
needs to be preserved for future audit and inspection along with the
paper ballots themselves. I need a guarantee that "somebody who does
outside oversight" returns the same CD in the same condition.
Does the county get to inspect and certify his disk copier?
Or does he get to inspect and certify the county's disk copier?
How does the chain of custody work?

I can imagine a sabateur skilled in sleight of hand replacing the
county's CD with a faulty counterfeit that deteriorates in a few weeks.
His goal isn't to throw the current election, but to discredit the
current voting process. His accomplices challenge the election and
demand our much-ballyhooed end-to-end audit after enough time has
passed for his fake disk to develop errors while in the County's custody.


>That needs to be part of the procedures manual - remember, in Cali you
>certify both the system and procedures for use of same...

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