Re: Licensing issues for OVC production software...

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Mon Jul 12 2004 - 00:14:48 CDT

On Saturday 29 May 2004 08:49 pm, Karl Auerbach wrote:
> In your list of issues there is one that I think is missing:
> Ensuring that there is enough of an economic incentive so that counties
> that purchase systems based on the technology can have a reasonable
> expectation that there will continue to be support and maintanence.
> --karl--

At 9:35 PM -0400 7/11/04, Nathan L. Adams wrote:
>I don't see how this is an issue. The fact that there *will* be new elections
>each year provides the economic incentive for support and maintainance of
>those elections, reguardless of the voting scheme used. Also, one of the
>goals the OVC should be aiming for is reducing the support costs as much as
>possible, not maintaining an 'economical environment' for the vendors.

Certainly the support costs are an issue. However, vendors often set
up ballot definition files, and distribute the voting machines to the
polling places, and the like. So continuation of support and
maintenance are key issues for counties. If counties cannot get
support and maintenance, plus the kind of services I mentioned, then
the OVC systems won't be viable, regardless of cost.

Best regards,

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