Re: A brief introduction and some questions. Follow up.

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Mon May 03 2004 - 16:56:14 CDT

At 2:39 PM -0700 5/3/04, Alan Dechert wrote:
>> At 2:14 PM -0700 5/3/04, Alan Dechert wrote:
>> >All of this needs thorough investigation ... costs/benefits etc. A lot
>> >the issues are not obvious.
>> >
>> >A few of the models discussed involve
>> >
>> >- leading edge, use once for voting
>> >- trailing edge, use once for voting
>> >- leading edge, warehoused systems used multiple times
>> >- trailing edge, warehoused systems used multiple times.
>> For immediate purposes, I want to propose what will get us through
>> the standards process and deployed as quick as possible.
>Right. But discussions with standards makers has only just started. From
>what I can determine, these people really don't know what they're doing.

Alan, such discourse in a public forum is not appropriate. And this
is a public forum.

We can try to educate, but it shouldn't be on the critical path.

>For example, they rely mainly on black box testing to certify paperless
>touch screen systems.

We know that's insufficient, but that's the game in town, and we have to play.

>Should we respect a process that is little more than a charade?

You have to play by the rules that exist. It's those rules that got
Diebold TSx out of California. I certainly respect that outcome.

We can choose not to play by the current rules, but that will not
give the politicians in the Secretaries of States offices political
cover to adopt us. And it really does take political cover. Going
through the then current standard federal and state certification
processes, as best as can be done under the circumstances, and
without unnecessary changes to the process, is necessary for the
politicians to be able to have the political cover so they can adopt
our system.

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
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