Voting Stations

From: Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Thu May 06 2004 - 13:53:54 CDT

Hello All:

I guess I kind of fixated on hardware and physical
stuff. Yes, I do manipulate symbols like the rest of
you but I can't seem to shake my old construction and
mechanic background completely. So, I've been
thinking about how a typical voting station would look
and some of the details. I've read through what I
could find on PC enclosures and such. I remember
looking at pictures of the demo. and I don't recall
that the stuff was actually set up as a voting
station. I can understand with the issue of getting
the demo working at all how this might not have been
dealt with until now.

Here's my mental image of a typical voting station.
Three walls perhaps 6-7' (1.8-2.1m) high with a 3'
(~.9m)wide shelf for the equipment. The back would
have a half height curtain like most typical voting
stations. I'm not quite sure of the depth yet.
The voter would walk in, and close the curtain. In
front of the voter would be a touch screen monitor
(Let's assume a CRT for now) and next to it would be a
printer output slot. On the ground would be a mini
tower style CPU. The actual printer would be mounted
underneath the monitor shelf to keep people from
fiddling with or vandalizing it. The CPU needs to be
in a secure, well ventilated enclosure with
lockable/sealable doors, front and rear. Also, there
would need to be a power strip and cable anchors to
keep cables from getting yanked out. I want to be
able to pull out and/or the CPU from either end in
case of the need for emergency replacement. A single
power cable would go to a UPS/power conditioner also
sealed away from contact. I'm not sure if each
computer would need it's own UPS or if a UPS could
serve a number of voting machines. Cables to the
monitor and printer would at least have
to be anchored, say with screw down clips, to the top
or bottom of the monitor shelf as well as within the
CPU enclosure.

I've looked into CPU enclosures and I've been pretty
discouraged. I haven't actually seen anything that's
close to what I might like. What I have seen that
approaches it is in the $700-$1,000 range! The idea
of leasing the whole polling station to the local
agency suggested by
someone seems a little more sensible now than before.
I think we could also meet other objectives if we
specified that the vendor would always provide new
CPU's and that ownership of the actual CPU's would go
to the election authority.

Miscellaneous details is that each monitor would also
need a 1/8" (~3mm)phone jack on the bezel or base.
The normal light that every voting station has could
also be plugged into the CPU case for convenience.
Also the minimum width of each voting station needs to
be 36" (say 92cm) to more easily accommodate
wheelchairs and people with walkers. I'd like it if
each voting station had both a normal and a wheel
chair height setting for the monitor shelf. That way,
they could be field selected.

Does this conform with other people's basic idea of
the equipment layout? I'd like to start producing
some drawings in a while.

Thanks, Ed Kennedy

10777 Bendigo Cove
San Diego, CA 92126-2510

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