CRT Teleconference
Thursday, April 19, 2007
11:00 a.m. EDT
Meeting Minutes

Draft Agenda:

1) Administrative updates (Eustis)
2) Reliability and Accuracy Benchmarks (Flater) (see
3) Any other items.

Attendees: Alan Goldfine, Allan Eustis, David Flater, John Crickenberger (NVLAP), John Wack, Mat Masterson (EAC), Michael Kass, Michael Koo, Nelson Hastings, Paul Miller, Sharon Laskowski, Wendy Havens

Administrative Updates (Allan Eustis):

  • There will be a workshop on remote access voting/internet voting at the Swiss Embassy next Monday co-sponsored by MIT/CalTech. There will be a number of election officials from Switzerland making presentations. A number of NIST staff are attending; we will report back on the meeting.

Reliability and Accuracy Benchmarks (David Flater):

The document posted on the web (see above) reflects the changes that were discussed at last weeks meeting. David went over several items in the paper. It was decided to keep the 120,000 voting sessions for EBM ballots. There will be a 1 in 500 allowance for paper feed errors/jams. It was decided that there would be no more than 6 errors (failures) allowed of any sort pending Paul Miller's final review. David was planning to finalize document at end of day so any comments were due immediately.

E-PollBooks (John Wack):

John Wack brought up the topic of e-pollbooks. The EAC requested the TGDC to take a look at writing requirements for e-pollbooks - at a minimum in regards to the use of them for ballot activation. Due to the short time left until the next iteration of the VVSG is due out, it was decided that we could not provide more than high-level requirements. That is what David Flater has done - he has added a device class in the VVSG for ballot activators.

The specific questions today were in regards to allowing networked devices, such as epollbooks, to also activate ballots. (The requirement in the VVSG currently states that any part of the voting system can not be externally networked and if epollbooks are used as ballot activators, they are part of the voting system.) Some states are currently using the networked epollbooks to activate ballots. The main concerns are security, availability and privacy. Paul Miller understands the availability issue being a major concern, but also thinks there are possibilities of handling this by having backup ballot activation techniques. This topic will be discussed by all three TGDC subcommittees on April 24th.

[* Pursuant to the Help America Vote Act of 2002, the TGDC is charged with directing NIST in performing voting systems research so that the TGDC can fulfill its role of recommending technical standards for voting equipment to the EAC. This teleconference discussion served the purposes of the CRT subcommittee of the TGDC to direct NIST staff and coordinate its voting-related research relevant to the VVSG 2007. Discussions on this telecon are preliminary, pre-decisional and do not necessarily reflect the views of NIST or the TGDC.]



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