Re: Voting Stations

From: Teresa Hommel <tahommel_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Thu May 06 2004 - 18:02:01 CDT

In terms of walls, allow for wheelchairs to approach from the side,
that is, not everyone will be able to wheel in straight forward,
but may need to go past the machine from the side.

                            Voting Machine
<----------wheelchair direction ----------->

Teresa

"Edmund R. Kennedy" wrote:

> 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
>
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>
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