remarks from mom

From: <gaylemertz_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Fri Apr 16 2004 - 14:05:18 CDT

Until I read this I supported renting equipment...your comments make a lot of sense...certainly convinced me...for what that is worth
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On Fri, 16 Apr 2004 14:50:38 -0400, David Mertz <voting-project@gnosis.cx> wrote:

> On Apr 16, 2004, at 2:34 PM, Douglas W. Jones wrote:
> > If you talk to many county election officials, you'll find that they're
> > not enthusiastic with outsourcing anything having to do with the
> > conduct of elections. That's what such a rental deal is, really.
>
> If I were an county clerk, I'd sure be a lot less than enthusiastic
> about the idea of renting voting stations. My vendor might go out of
> business before the next election. They might fail to deliver (proper)
> equipment. I might be subject to legal challenges to an election that
> are made many times more complicated by not directly controlling
> equipment that might be subpoenaed. Costs are less predictable if the
> vendor decides to change rates. All in all, a lot of possible
> headaches for a relatively minimal cost savings.
>
> I know Alan has always felt the rental model is the one that will make
> sense to election officials. And he has certainly talked to a lot more
> of them than I have. Nonetheless, my impression is just as strongly in
> the other direction: an equipment sale model is more likely to make
> sense (perhaps with support contracts that include customization for
> future elections--i.e. new contests and contests). We should certainly
> make tools for producing new ballot screen layouts as part of the
> complete OVC software collection--it's been mentioned on-list a bit,
> but nothing concrete yet (which is appropriate, it wasn't needed for
> MR1).
>
> Of course, there's no reason why both models cannot exist
> simultaneously. Different counties can adopt different strategies for
> providing election equipment.
>
> ---
> Dred Scott 1857; Santa Clara 1876; Plessy 1892;
> Korematsu 1944; Eldred 2003
>
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