Re: Sketch of Voting Tablet design

From: Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Tue Dec 11 2007 - 13:05:50 CST

Hello Alan:

    Why is a special device required for accessibility? I would think that it would be quite a bit easier to find ADA compliant interfaces for standard hardware than for some special device. While I'm not directly opposed to the idea, you haven't adequately explained the need for this special device.

Thanks, Ed Kennedy
 

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----- Original Message ----
From: Alan Dechert <dechert@gmail.com>
To: Open Voting Consortium discussion list <ovc-discuss@listman.sonic.net>
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2007 2:19:03 PM
Subject: [OVC-discuss] Sketch of Voting Tablet design
In the past, we've talked about making voting machines from purely
 commodity 
components.  I think this may be feasible for a precinct based optical
 scan 
system (like OVS is showing), but for an accessible voting machine
 intended 
for a single voting booth, I think a custom design is necessary.
I have attached a sketch of such a design.
BASIC FORM FACTOR
---------------------------------
It's intended that two machines could be stored in a space about 9" x
 12" 
and about 3 1/4 " high.  Six of them (for about one poll site) could
 fit in 
a stack no more than about 10 inches high.
DESIGN IDEAS
----------------------------
- Ink, batteries, printing mechanism, and electronics would be housed
 in the 
thicker end.  I don't really know if it could all fit in there, but
 that 
would be the goal (case about 2" thick at one end with rubber feet
 about 
1/8" each)
- The device would hold paper and ink for about 150 sheets.  It would
 be 
easy to refill, if necessary, on Election Day most likely opening in
 clam 
shell fashion.  It's expected that one machine would be used to produce
 no 
more than about 100 summary paper ballot sheets in the voting booth on 
Election Day.
- Almost all (like 99%) ballots could have choices fitting on a single 
sheet, with up to three (newspaper width) columns.  The system would be
 
capable of printing a summary requiring more than one sheet, in rare
 cases 
that would be needed.
- The screen is small but the system would employ a fish-eye view, 
magnifying the contest under consideration.
- The machine would have ports to plug in any devices needed to
 accommodate 
voters with special needs.  The same machine would work for normal
 voters.
- Size, shape, number, color etc. of buttons would be determined by
 R&D.  A 
voter could use the buttons or the touch screen to navigate.
- Touch screen design would have no calibration issue
- If this idea were to be fully engineered, it's intended that this
 would be 
a public royalty-free design that any manufacturer could build.  Of
 course, 
various components inside (processors, screen, printing components,
 etc) 
would be COTS.
- Open software -- most likely running on a cut down Linux
- Would run with DC power adaptor, but could run on batteries as
 necessary 
to meet state/federal requirements.
- The unit could be secured to a table by a cable.  It could also be
 used 
curbside or for mobile (e.g., bedside) use.
- Development would avoid Accupoll syndrome by vetting all design ideas
 with 
proper authorities and experts -- employ open design process. 
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