Re: Voting Stations

From: Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Thu May 06 2004 - 15:58:06 CDT

Hello Alan:

     Actually I read that note but I didn't see the
drawing. I'm a little concerned about glare. I don't
know about your polling places but mine is in the
garage of one of my neighbors. This isn't so unusual
a location. Because the lighting is so marginal, each
voting station has a lamp that's part of the station.
I guess we could experiment with placement and see
what works best with that sort of monitor placement.
However, it looks like your design presupposes LCD or
similar monitors. I know most people now expect to
see a monitor in front of them but I suppose it could
be studied as an alternative. Also, the kiosks in my
branch library are pretty hefty items so that might
not be the best model if you're looking for light
weight. Now that I've through about it for a little
while, I'm dropping the requirement for a curtain
except for booths made for the wheel chair bound. I
hate to make a 'special' booth for the disabled on
general principles of mainlining but that's my
problem. It still might be good to have 6-12" 'wings'
sticking out on each side of a booth for privacy.

However, I do have heartburn with your printer
placement. At the very least, it needs some sort of
cage around it to keep people from trying to vandalize
it. Also, on a related note, I was just looking at
ink jet printers when I realized that one of the
challenges was that they only hold about 200 or so
sheets of paper at a time. At full capacity at the
polling place, how many people an hour would use an
EVM? In other words, if a vendor decided to use ink
jet printers how many times a day might each printer
have to be refilled with paper? Similarly, a laser
printer usually holds 500 sheets.

I found the Australian site pretty interesting.
However I noticed that that they were using a LAN, a
server and perhaps only one printer. I didn't think
we were doing that. I get the impression that there
was an actual internal structure that was holding the
cardboard up. The problem of dealing with weight and
security seals doesn't come up or at least isn't
discussed in the site you've mentioned. I know that
the actual booth could be handled with cardboard
cylinders and such but I think a 'normal' pc cpu would
need to sit on the floor.

I also may the wrong idea of what sort of 'enclosure'
is needed. I guess something as simple as a piece
fitted foam core would deter many people. The cpu
would sit sideways and to the rear under the booth. A
simple piece of foam core then would cover it over so
it would be out of site and more or less out of mind.
However, I recall that when my son was younger and I
took him to the polls with me, he liked to play under
things---like the voting booths. I'm still concerned
with vandalism and sabotage but perhaps I'm
hyperventilating. I guess it could be put down on the
list of things to study.

What do you think?

Thanks, Ed Kennedy

--- Alan Dechert <>
> Ed,
> Please review this post and followups.
> I made a [crummy] sketch of my idea for that.
> You might also have a look at what the Aussies did.
> This is ALL
> cardboard--encloses CPU, CRT etc--no printer.
> We have to design something really cheap,
> functional, portable, and
> storable. The table design I have is something that
> could work for
> non-voting PC applications like libraries, kiosks,
> etc.
> Alan D.

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