Re: Draft Proposal Concept for California Secretary of State -- Feedback Wanted

From: Ron Crane <voting_at_lastland_dot_net>
Date: Tue May 10 2005 - 15:26:30 CDT

Looks fine, except change "since both occur" to "since all occur" to
agree with the cardinality of the issues.


On May 10, 2005, at 12:37 PM, Teresa Hommel wrote:

> OK, with suggested addition of one word.
> Teresa Hommel
> Ron Crane wrote:
> On May 10, 2005, at 5:49 AM, Arthur Keller wrote:
> ... Please help with this section if you can.
> Draft 3 (Includes some of Teresa's points. Note that the purpose of
> this section is to advocate OVC's plan to deploy an open-source
> tabulator in time for the 6/06 elections, not to advocate the
> abolition of all electronically-assisted voting systems):
> ...
> Current systems use secret software and uninspected hardware, which
> imperil security and undermine public confidence. While all systems
> must pass certification testing, testing cannot find "back doors" that
> could allow dishonest vendors to manipulate election results, nor can
> it find most security-related errors which could be exploited by
> dishonest officials or hackers. Much of the public backlash against
> the deployment of electronic voting or vote-tabulation systems, and
> much of the public suspicion of elections conducted using them, arises
> from their secret nature and from the very real security risks that it
> creates. Public suspicion also has been stirred by existing systems'
> numerous, serious documented errors including vote loss, vote
> switching, and even a case in which 600 voters somehow "cast" 4,000
> votes for a Presidential candidate. Finally, many existing systems
> particular DREs make it impossible for voters to observe their
> "ballot"'s creation, handling, or counting, since both occur invisibly
> inside the system, and frequently are not cross-checked with paper
> records.

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