Re: A brief introduction and some questions. Follow up.

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Mon May 03 2004 - 17:22:13 CDT

> Hello Alan and Arthur:
>
> Thanks for the replies. I'm going to come out
> and say that IMHO it will be easiest at first for the
> system proposed to get licensed for some new, out of
> the box computer. ...
>
You might be right. If we have to do it that way, then we will. But we
don't know if we'll have to do it that way.

Consider the printer, for the moment:

We bought an HP LaserJet 1300 for the demo ($350 .. then I just noticed a
$50 rebate). If this printer was purchased new and dedicated for elections
as a ballot printer, it might only print about 100 ballots per year. After
ten years, it will have printed about 1,000 pages. The duty cycle for this
printer is suggested at 10,000 pages per month. Similarly, a high powered
new PC dedicated to be in a voting booth (and stored for the rest of the
time) is a very poor match of resources to tasks.

If the new systems will be used once for voting then deployed elsewhere, it
might make sense to do it that way. But there are logistical issues
involved. Does Sacramento county have a use for 7,000 HP LaserJet 1300s
after Election Day? Do they want to store 7,000 HP LaserJet 1300s after
Election Day until the next Election Day? We don't know right now and we
won't know until we get to those specific questions.

Alan D.
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