Re: Fw: RFP Attached

From: Edward Cherlin <echerlin_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Wed Jul 09 2008 - 16:39:14 CDT

On Wed, Jul 9, 2008 at 12:36 PM, Alan Dechert <dechert@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> I intend to respond to this RFP. There may be a way (or ways) that the
> ballot from our Electronic Ballot Printer (EBP) could be produced remotely
> and sent in to be counted -- either by USPS or some other method. I would
> also like to consider how our system could work for overseas military
> voting.

Seems obvious that it should work.

> Our proposal could stand alone as a PEW grant request, or could be a part of
> some other proposal to be funded from a government source.
>
> In any case, it's something we need to address. So far, OVC has been
> demonstrating a pollsite voting system.
>
> This subject (integrating our EBP with an absentee system) seemed to be of
> great interest at the presentation I did last month at SLAC. The thing we
> have to prove is different with the absentee system. With the pollsite
> system, we need to prove the that ballots were created at one of the voting
> booths on Election Day. With the remote system, we need to prove that
>
> - the ballot gets created with the appropriate software and
> - uses the appropriate ballot definition file, and
> - the ballot was done by an authorized voter.
>
> In some sense, these are the same things we have to prove at the pollsite --
> easier there because the whole process is observable. Voters could print
> the ballots at home, or at a public location, or mobile unit, or at the home
> of a friend or relative. There should be a way to generate a code that will
> be unique to each ballot and prove that the software used was authentic.
>
> As for proving that it was done by the voter, we can't do that. However,
> that situation is no worse that current absentee ballots.

I'm pretty sure that it could be done better than it is. To start
with, we have the signature on the envelope. This should match a
signature at the voting site, just as voters have to sign in, and
votes have to be checked against the total number of signatures, at
any other polling place. We don't have this security now for absentee
ballots, but we certainly can recommend that users of our system at
locations other than election-day polling places be required to sign a
registration book. Security for the book remains an issue, of course.

Whether we could do better with biometrics I will leave to those who
know something about the issues.

Anyway, out of scope for now.

> Alan D.
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Zachary Markovits
> To: Zachary Markovits
> Sent: Wednesday, July 09, 2008 11:14 AM
> Subject: RFP Attached
>
> RFP is in regards to the previous email. Thank you.
>
>
>
> Zachary S. Markovits
>
> Associate, Make Voting Work
>
> Pew Center on the States
>
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