Re: question about Diebold and Win CE COTS

From: David Jefferson <d_jefferson_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Fri Nov 07 2008 - 15:22:32 CST

I believe that Diebold is the only vendor that uses WinCE.

David

David Jefferson
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On Nov 7, 2008, at 1:17 PM, "Jim March" <1.jim.march@gmail.com> wrote:

This issue just heated up - bigtime.

The EAC has stripped credentials as a test lab from Systest, one of
the three original labs, based on feedback from NIST.

In the report from NIST to Systest published at:

http://www.eac.gov/extlnk/lnkframehead.htm?http%3A//vote.nist.gov/NVLAP/SysTest-102808.pdf

...on page 18 (as Acrobat numbers pages) section 5.10.1 we find:

"The Windows CE customizing files were not reported as being reviewed
as non-COTS source files. An open question exists of how to report
these files but the presence and review of these WindowsCE customizing
files needs to be reported to identified [sic] that they were missed."

It doesn't say which vendor was involved in this incident - could have
been Diebold, Sequoia or Hart, or others I don't know about. But when
you combine this with Diebold's withholding of CE code and declaration
of CE as COTS, you get a HUGE problem.

This NIST document is, so far as I know, the only official
acknowledgement as to the WinCE fiasco.

Jim March

On Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 12:58 PM, D. C. Lapena <chito.lapena@gmail.com> wrote:
Hello, Jim
thanks for your great work over the years on electronic voting.

On bbvforums it looked like your last posting on the Windows CE COTS
issue was around late 2007.

In 2006 I brought this up to the elections board in Georgia during a
hearing (supported by material you posted as well as the RRLee
affidavit). The director (Evans) said he would look into it but I have
not heard back from them since. It seems that Kennesaw's laughable
answer "we've tested the INTERACTIONS of those components thoroughly"
(which is on public record and on Google video) is sufficient for our
public servants, who probably believe that the statement equates to a
source code audit.

I am hoping to get attention on this issue by piggy-backing it on the
current Martin/Chambliss contest, which was close and has required a
run-off.

Do you know the status of this in Georgia? Are we using voting
machines here that do not qualify to be voting machines? How can we
keep them from burying this?

thanks for your help
-Chito L
Savannah, Georgia
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