RE: More on voting stations

From: Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp) <"Popkin,>
Date: Tue May 11 2004 - 14:08:24 CDT

I think that we should encourage kiosk companies to get involved in OVC as
it could let them get into the business of selling voting machines, which
would be a nice additional business line for them. Admittedly they'd
probably need to sell through a partner who is focused specifically on the
voting business. But they'd be interested for the same reason that the
Simputer people are interested -- we're doing a lot of the heavy lifting
that could enable them to sell hardware into a new market.

- LP

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-voting-project@afterburner.sonic.net
[mailto:owner-voting-project@afterburner.sonic.net]On Behalf Of Alan
Dechert
Sent: Tuesday, May 11, 2004 12:19 PM
To: voting-project@lists.sonic.net
Subject: Re: [voting-project] More on voting stations

Laird is right about the voting system market being too small to get large
makers excited. The market for PCs in the U.S. alone is 40 million units
per year. You need probably no more than 1.5 million PCs for all the voting
booths in the U.S.

My point is that for the level of [slight] customization we need, it should
not be a problem for makers to accommodate us. The other pieces that will
make up the voting booth will not be made by PC makers. If someone could
come up with a design for a $100 table something like I've sketched (that
could be folded up and stored easily and/or have other uses where PCs are
publicly used and need some protection e.g., libraries), it could sell very
well. Of course, the maker would have to go to China to get them made
really cheaply!

I don't see a billion dollar market in the U.S. Worldwide, maybe. It's
possible that someday OVC members could be doing a billion per year in
aggregate after we go for the international market. The OVC itself will do
well if we see a few percent coming to us in the form of dues. Three
percent would be nice, but we haven't really built a business plan that
would be detailed enough to compute what all the OVC will need to be doing
to keep everything together. Besides dues, we may be able to get revenue
from training seminars etc. The model we should look at is
electioncenter.org -- they're the "closed voting consortium."

Alan D.

> It is my belief that this is potentially a billion dollar market? I was
> of the thought that Diebold is putting tens, if not, hundreds of
> millions into their effort. That kind of market would get the attention
> of most hardware manufacturers.
>
> James
>
> On Tue, 2004-05-11 at 11:42, Alan Dechert wrote:
> > RE: [voting-project] More on voting stations
> > Laird,
> >
> > > Actually, this market, similar to consumer kiosks, is probabluy
> > > is too small and specialized for most of the mainstream PC
> > > vendors to sell into. ........
> > >
> > I don't know why you say that. Either Compaq or Dell will make PCs to
order
> > in ones and twos.
> >
> > Alan D.
> >
>
>
>

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