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

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sun May 16 2004 - 00:27:14 CDT

At 11:29 AM -0700 5/15/04, Ed Kennedy wrote:
>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

3 occurs after 1 and before 2.

>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.

In ballot number order, and the ballots numbers are assigned
pseudo-randomly. Note that the CD is a CD-R now a CD-RW.

>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.

It's not clear when and how the thumb drive(s) are removed. There
was a discussion about this earlier. The BRP process uses the CD to
reconcile against the printed ballots. That may be done at the
polling place before the CD's are sealed.

>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

Yes, a special smart card or pin number.

Best regards,

>Thanks, Ed Kennedy
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Arthur Keller" <>
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>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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