Re: Reflections on the election and implications for the OVC

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Thu Nov 04 2004 - 03:23:30 CST

David,

> Basically this is all a nightmare. I have concluded that (1) voting
> machines are, and should be, very specialized computers, and that (2)
> it is essentially hopeless to try to "borrow" PCs from another agency
> to serve as voting machines.
>
I have discussed this with many elections people and politicians over the
past four years. I have to say that many (perhaps most) would agree with
you. However, some of them feel that multi-purpose could work and makes
sense from an economic point of view. There are trade-offs. If the
logistics could be worked out, capital costs and warehousing could be
practically eliminated.

This is not central to the mission of having an open source system that
produces a paper ballot, which are central pieces of the OVC idea. It's an
economic issue that may be worked out one way or the other over time. The
security issues for a system that produces a paper ballot representing the
authentic vote are not the same as for DREs. We have not done a full
security assessment but plan to do that. Mainly, I'm trying to get OVC on a
firm financial footing right now.

Alan D.
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