Re: Legislation regarding adequate numbers of voting machines

From: Kathy Dopp <kathy_at_directell_dot_com>
Date: Fri Jan 14 2005 - 21:24:29 CST

> I received this from someone in the CA State Assembly. S/he assumes
> this is out of our area of interest. But is it?
> I don't know if we want to get involved here, but maybe we do. For
> expensive machines, there is an incentive to buy as few as possible to
> get by. If legislation required a generous number of machines (to
> minimize lines, to minimize the need to push early voting, etc.), this
> improves the advantage of using an inexpensive system.
> I think it's probably worth the effort if we have people interested in
> getting involved.
> ************
> I know this is out of your area but [assemblymember]
> is interested in doing a bill that requires the adequate
> number of voting machines in each polling place in
> the state based upon per capita. Any leads to an
> organization that is hot for this concept.

Alan, This is a question more for statisticians than computer scientists
IMO. Voting machines should be allocated by "likely voters" or "active

Here is a statistical analysis of voting machine allocation in Franklin
County, OH that explains a couple of different methods for allocating
voting machines and shows the statistically significant effect when voting
machines are misallocated.

Kathy Dopp

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