Re: Voting Stations

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Fri May 07 2004 - 08:47:26 CDT

On May 6, 2004, at 8:19 PM, Ed Kennedy wrote:

> We must be talking about different Diebold machines. The one I used
> on
> Super Tuesday here in San Diego County had a more or less vertical
> screen
> with a card reader in the bezel on the upper right. I'm not sure how
> that
> is connected with mostly horizontal screens. Any ideas?

Here is the chronology of the product line:

1) The I-Mark Electronic Ballot Station

   Packaged as a kiosk, built around a full-sized IBM PC
   with CRT video monitor, all hidden inside a particle
   board and laminate housing.

2) The Global AccuTouch EBS

   packaged in a vacuum-formed plastic housing as a wedge
   with the screen 15 degrees from the horizontal, with
   flat panel display and off-the-shelf PC motherboard
   inside.

3) The Diebold AccuVote TS

   packaged with a hinge, so the flat panel can be
   adjusted at any angle from flat horizontal to almost
   vertical.

4) The Diebold AccuVote TSx

   packaged as a flat tablet, but this tablet fits
   in a recess in an easel-shaped voting booth with
   wings on each side, so in the booth, it's mounted
   to face you almost vertically, but you can also put
   it on a table inside an inexpensive booth, facing up,
   or you can carry it to the curbside for curbside
   voting. This is very good packaging of very bad
   software.

                        Doug Jones
                        jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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