Re: [OVC-discuss] draft of text for new OVC-sponsored bill

From: Jim March <1_dot_jim_dot_march_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Mon Jan 19 2009 - 23:00:54 CST

Folks, speaking as an elections observer who has encountered election
officials I *know* are corrupt, if I can't confirm that the code used
in an election is legit, then I can't support the solution based on
that code. Period, end of discussion.

Y'all need to figure out how observers can do this type of test safely.

I'll add one more point: I am WAY more concerned over local election
officials being corrupt than I am some super-geeks out of the NSA.
For a group with the resources of the NSA to rig elections nationwide,
by going around tampering with individual CDs, you're talking about
far too big a conspiracy here. On the other hand, one or two asshats
inside a county elections office is a *confirmed* threat.

We've got at least two right here in Pima County AZ, the head
elections guy and his underling...and I have almost as much reason to
suspect Dean Logan in Los Smogalese. When Dean was running a critical
election in King County WA, three critical hours worth of audit log on
election night in the state governor's race vanished, totally AWOL,
and Logan lied about it. How do we know? Because we have summary
reports printed during that period, timestamped to the time range of
the missing audit logs, and generating those summary reports on
election night would have triggered audit log entries during the
missing block. So somebody sterilized the audit log. Do I know Logan
did it or authorized it? Nope, but I do know for a fact he lied about
there being a time gap and never pursued the matter.

You're telling me you want Dean Logan to run elections on CDs I can't
inspect? Fuck that.

The next biggest threat after county election workers/staffers would
be whoever preps the code for the counties. I trust that OVC is
completely on the level *now*, but if enough elections get run on your
stuff, expect infiltrators...count on it.

The NSA is so far down the threat chain compared to those avenues of
attack it's not even funny.

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