Re: Secure logging (was: King COunty)

From: Fred McLain <mclain_at_zipcon_dot_net>
Date: Wed Nov 10 2004 - 19:25:46 CST

These solutions aren't mutually exclusive - how about a paper tape and a
CDR/W? The tape could be an effective backup to failed CDs...

        -Fred-

On Wed, 2004-11-10 at 14:42, Jim March wrote:
> Alan Dechert wrote:
>
> >We've discussed this at some length over the last year or so. Opponents of
> >the paper printout like to carry around this 56 inch 2.5 in. tape (which is
> >about what you'd need in some jurisdictions with very long ballots -- e.g.,
> >Bernalillo in NM 78 contests, bi-lingual). I showed how the longest ballot
> >anyone every came up with could be formatted on one side of a legal sized
> >sheet. Tapes are very bad from a handling view point -- for recounts and
> >such. You can put the rolls so that the paper is not cut (reel to reel) a
> >la the Sequoia system in NV, but preserving the order of the vote is widely
> >thought to be a no-no.
> >
> >Alan D.
> >
>
> Alan, I think we're on different pages here.
>
> We're discussing how the central tabulator needs to keep an uneditable
> audit log. There's three competing proposals:
>
> 1) Paper log (cash register tape type).
>
> 2) Write it to a read/write device (hard disk, USB memory stick, etc)
> and use strong crypto to prevent it's being edited/erased.
>
> 3) Write it to a write-once medium that physically can't be erased, such
> as a standard CD or DVD burner.
>
> I like number three, myself. ALL are better than Diebold's "write it to
> a hard drive and cripple what security MS-Access provides, which wasn't
> much to start with...". Diebold's audit log process is going to get
> serious scrutiny as people realize we've got a documented case of it
> being edited on election night (three hours smoked!) in King County WA.
>
> I recommend OVC have some sort of "official take" on audit logs handy in
> case the King County/Diebold situation grows wings.
>
> Jim
>
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