Re: Polling Place conditions, reframing the issue. Thumb drives and CD's

From: Ed Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Sat May 15 2004 - 13:29:39 CDT

Hello Arthur:

Just so I understand the voting cycle:

1. Once the voter pushes the 'done' icon on the screen the ballot is
2. The official ballot is then sent to the printer
3. A back up copy is sent to one or more thumb drives in USB ports
4. The voter takes their ballot in the privacy folder and places it in the
ballot box.
4. The next voter arrives and the voting cycle is either initialized by a
smart card or a pin number (tbd)
After the poll is closed, the machine is signaled to write the contents of
the thumb drives to the writable CD in random order.
Then both the CD and thumb drive(s) would be placed in a tamper resistant
envelope under the same type of supervision given to ballot boxes.

If this is not correct, please let me know.

How would one signal the machine that all voting is finished at the end of
the day? It is important that it not be something that a voter could easily
do them selves. I'm thinking a special smart card or pin number but I don't

Thanks, Ed Kennedy

----- Original Message -----
From: "Arthur Keller" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, May 14, 2004 10:39 AM
Subject: Re: [voting-project] Polling Place conditions, reframing the issue

> At 12:27 AM -0700 5/14/04, Karl Auerbach wrote:
> >Personally I find the thumb drive more attractive than the writable
> >multi-session CD-ROM except for the implicit validation that comes with
> >having everything from boot-code to final data on the same medium.
> I like idea of using the thumb drive *and* writing it all to the CD-R
> at the end of the day. CD-R's are easier to load, and then the votes
> and the program and parameters are all on one semi-permanent record.
> Best regards,
> Arthur
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