Re: Executive Summary of Proposal to California Secretary of State

From: Ron Crane <voting_at_lastland_dot_net>
Date: Thu Jun 09 2005 - 14:54:33 CDT

On Jun 9, 2005, at 10:43 AM, Arthur Keller wrote:

> For your information.

Some comments.

1. The document does not explain the purpose of the phases, nor their
timing. Does the "ready for 6/2006 elections" proposal include both
phases, or only phase 1?

2. The document doesn't make it clear how the phase 2 "precinct-based
optical scan ballot reader/tabulation system" differs from the similar
phase 1 component. You need to explain that the phase 1 component is
intended to be centralized at one county office, and that election
workers will feed it ballots, whereas the phase 2 component is supposed
to be fed ballots directly by voters.

3. Accessibility of the phase 2 ballot reader isn't addressed.

4. Page 2's description of what open source means is confusing. The
sentence "Because UCTS consists of open source software, anyone third
parties or voters who might be suspicious of tampering are able to
independently validate ballots and vote tallies" seems like a
non-sequitur. Open source (with appropriate crypto wrappers and
procedures) enables people to obtain significant assurance of software
integrity. It doesn't (directly) permit validation of "ballots and vote
tallies".

5. The description of the migration path is a little indefinite. It
should directly say that UCTS will support scanning Diebold/ES&S
op-scan paper ballots and Automark-generated ballots.

6. You need very briefly to describe how all the components will work
together with, for example, Diebold paper or Automark.

7. "Something like a CD-R" (p.4) is too indefinite for use in this kind
of document.

Thanks for all the work!

-R

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