Polling place conditions

From: Ed Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Wed May 12 2004 - 23:22:48 CDT

Hello All:

    I just finished my weekly visit to our local public library and had an interesting talk with one of the Librarians about the experience they've had with their computers. Vandalism has not really been a problem. About the worse things that have happened are:

  a.. People punched a hole in one or two of the monitor screens with pens usually while trying to show people things.
  b.. A few hard drives have died (and been replaced)..
  c.. The occasional person has introduced a virus into a computer by means of using a floppy disk. I think most of their machines no longer have floppy disk drives.
There are a lot of kids and students that use the library. The libraries don't have a whole lot of staff. The computers are used a lot. My neighborhood doesn't seem that rough to me but it has a reputation with other folks for gangs and such. I think it's really an urban legend but we did have a drive by shooting in our neighborhood once. So, if our model of what is going to happen to the hardware is a public library or similar, I don't think we have a whole lot to worry about.

I had originally though that we need pretty robust stuff and had to worry about vandalism and sabotage, but now I think generic hardware in a standard setup should probably do fine. I don't know about other areas but here in San Diego we usually vote standing up. So as long as the CPU is out of site (say behind a sheet of foam core or a cloth drape, it's generally going to be out of mind. People are not usually looking under the voting booths IMHO.

Thanks, Ed Kennedy

10777 Bendigo Cove
San Diego, CA 92126-2510

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