Re: Minimum hardware requirements and a few odds and ends.

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Thu Apr 22 2004 - 17:27:32 CDT

On Apr 22, 2004, at 11:52 AM, Bob Ramstad wrote:

> Edmund R. Kennedy wrote:

> In my opinion, there will HAVE to be an entity -- perhaps a separate
> company, perhaps a part of OVC -- which builds CD-R media configured
> and tested for particular elections and hardware systems.

I tend to agree. This is why OVC is set up so it can become
an industrial consortium. In the end, if the OVC model of
voting system development works, there will be companies who
build and configure voting systems following the OVC model and
sell them to counties.

Some counties may decide to roll their own. Big ones like in
Southern California or big states like Georgia have the
resources to do this. Small states will want to contract
this out, or perhaps form alliances with other states to do it
in multistate consortia.

The upshot is that there will certainly be private ventures
providing election products (voting machines) and services
(voting machine configuration for elections) based on whatever
we do. Some might package our software on a use-once basis,
some might package ruggedized hardware that's built to last
for 20 years, all with OVC software. We can and should
investigate the potential merits of these alternatives, but
our central job as the OVC is to build software that can
serve, flexibly, at the heart of any such system.

                Doug Jones
                jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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