Re: Fw: OVC

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Fri Apr 16 2004 - 14:18:48 CDT

Doug,

> The ideal would have the voting system so simple that the county
> could own and operate it themselves, with no component bigger
> than a laptop computer except the ballot boxes, which should
> collapse to a similar small easy to deal with size.
>
Maybe. Maybe not. This remains to be seen. With free software and
inexpensive hardware, there can be many vendors that can do the job.

> Yes, counties hate to warehouse election equipment, but they also hate
> to be tied into a contract with an outside agency they don't have any
> real control over. This is a problem.
>
I see the problem. But if you have stable, reputable suppliers willing to
deliver the goods for Election Day, this anxiety may go away. Counties
could also have contingency plans in case one vendor folds. The positive
for the rental model is that there are so many PCs in the pipeline that
could be used for this (40 million new PCs per year market; more than 25
million replacement; more than enough machines being retired in a single
month than you need for all the voting booths in the U.S.

Alan
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