Re: Avante Releases White Papers on AVVPAT...

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Sun Jun 13 2004 - 13:36:26 CDT

Joe,

> Could it be used to do this? (functionally and would the proper
> interfacing software exist in a licensing regime that OVC/UCVS can
> deal with)
>
> Should it be used to do this?
>
I prefer to rely on physical/procedural measures for this. i.e., I know the
software running was the right one because I have the CD from which that PC
was booted and I can easily check to see that the software was the correct
version.

We have to also incorporate some checks to verify the software in advance.
The TC-hardware approach could automate this to a degree, but I'm not
convinced the marginal benefit would be worth it.

There is a temptation to automate election administration as much as
possible. Generally, I am against this. Election administration should
rely on procedures that ordinary people can understand and be involved in.

Essentially, this is a transparency issue. People can understand the simple
procedures involved we will employ to ensure the right version is/was
running. Ordinary people will not understand TC software registration
mechanisms or Lagrande Technology, etc. If the voting machine depends on TC
hardware and someone asks election administrators how it works, the answer
has to be "trust us." We want to avoid "trust us."

Alan D.
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