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

From: Ed Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Tue May 04 2004 - 19:24:25 CDT

Hello Alan:

    I can think of many classrooms that would love to have nearly new
computers or printers. Why local agencies are selling recent vintage
computing equipment for scrap value when class rooms I've been in are still
using Mac II-e's is a mystery to me. As for the equipment storage issue,
how is that handled in places where the counties already have electronic
voting machines or any other type of voting machines? If we don't know now,
let's start exploring the range of possibilities in a little more detail.

Thanks, Ed Kennedy

----- Original Message -----
From: "Alan Dechert" <alan@openvotingconsortium.org>
To: <voting-project@lists.sonic.net>
Sent: Monday, May 03, 2004 3:22 PM
Subject: Re: [voting-project] A brief introduction and some questions.
Follow up.

>
>
> > 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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