Re: Why PIN or smartcard is REQUIRED

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sun May 16 2004 - 01:29:32 CDT

At 1:53 AM -0400 5/16/04, David Mertz wrote:
>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.

Please explain how. What it the fault of the smart card programming
or set up in advance? Or was it due to the poll worker choosing the
wrong precinct for the voter due to inadequate training?

>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.

But do you know the source of the error?

You're speculating it's somehow Diebold's hardware or software?
Could it instead be inadequate poll worker training? Could it be
that the equipment was configured correctly, but the poll workers
erred? Please explain how the other 4 systems would prevent the poll
workers from making a comparable error?

Best regards,

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