Re: FAQ # 24

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Sun Dec 14 2003 - 14:05:55 CST

On Dec 12, 2003, at 6:33 PM, Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp) wrote:

> The same thing that happens if the paper jams in any printer; the
> staff at
> the polling booth would be trained to clear paper jams, and if they are
> unable to do so they could either swap in a replacement printer or
> close the
> voting booth. In any case, the voter could re-enter his or her vote and
> print a new ballot, which would then be processed.

As answers go, this won't sell.

The average election judge (polling place worker) is around age 70, and
not at all tech savvy. Unless the printer is extraordinarily easy to
swap (USB, with no screws or other odd stuff, might just qualify) or
unless the printer is extraordinarily easy to unjam (my experience with
Epson and HP disqualifies their products immediately), the staff should
never be expected to do ANY hardware maintenance of any kind.

What they'll do is phone for a service technician who will do the deed.

Furthermore, there are serious questions about field changes OF ANY KIND
to voting equipment from the time of pre-election test to the time the
polls close. Therefore, the tech is extremely likely to bring a
replacement machine.

I strongly urge everyone involved with this project to volunteer to work
at a polling place next election. It's an eye opener, whether you've
volunteered to work as a polling place judge (some counties actually pay
a bonus for those under age 50 willing to do this) or as a partisan

                                Doug Jones
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