Re: Why PIN or smartcard is REQUIRED

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Sun May 16 2004 - 00:53:31 CDT

On May 16, 2004, at 1:45 AM, Arthur Keller wrote:
> Consider San Diego County, California, March 2004, where the LA Times
> estimated 7000 people in such polling places voted the ballot for the
> wrong precinct. It was blamed on the procedures for the Diebold
> voting machine.

This particular error is entirely because of inaccurate "smart" card
configuration. Voters didn't show up at the wrong polling place, they
were given smartcards configured for the wrong precinct.

This particular flaw is impossible under the designs suggest by Alan,
Ed, Ellen, and me. There's probably a moral here.

I think I'm a better programmer than those at Diebold; but I'd still
rather not give myself an opportunity to make a programming error than
count on not making an error, given the opportunity.
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