Re: More on voting stations

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Tue May 11 2004 - 14:20:52 CDT

RE: [voting-project] More on voting stationsProbably too expensive. But we could look into it.

Alan D
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp)
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  Sent: Tuesday, May 11, 2004 12:08 PM
  Subject: RE: [voting-project] More on voting stations

  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-----
  []On Behalf Of Alan
  Sent: Tuesday, May 11, 2004 12:19 PM
  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 -- 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
> > in ones and twos.
> >
> > Alan D.
> >

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