Re: Schedule for the EVM Mark 1

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Thu May 13 2004 - 14:15:19 CDT

The timetable is largely a function of funding. If we get a lot of funding soon, things will move more quickly. If we remain on a shoestring--just getting enough to keep things moving ahead--it will take much longer.

I think one of the gating issues is the design of the voting booth. I like my design for a table with a hanging wire cage. The wire cage could be foldable. There is some real engineering to do in order to make something sturdy, cheap, easy to transport and set up, easy to store, durable, certifiable, safe, functional, looks okay, and so on. Once we have a prototype of the voting booth worked out, we'd have to look at how many units have to be made in one order to keep the price down.

Alan

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Edmund R. Kennedy
  To: OVC
  Sent: Thursday, May 13, 2004 12:05 PM
  Subject: [voting-project] Schedule for the EVM Mark 1

  Hello All:

       For the sake of discussion, let's say that the County of San Diego wants 11,000 EVM Mark 1's for the November, 2006 elections. Let us assume that certification takes 6 months by the California Secretary of State.

  1. Would September of 2006 be early enough to deliver and give adequate training to Poll workers?
  2. Working backwards from there, how long would at take to assemble and deliver these 11,000 machines? One would not order this equipment until the prototype device was certified. Would it take 6 months for a private contractor or similar to assemble this equipment? Remember, political considerations would mean that the equipment would have to be assembled in the USA.
  3. Would the prototype be ready by September of 2005 for certification?

  Sketching something like a time line from the above, that means there is perhaps 15 months to have the prototype ready for the certification process. Is this possible? I'm aware that the OVC not contemplate being in the business of providing these EVM but as the software is key to all of this, OVC finds itself at the beginning of the timeline.

  Thanks, Ed Kennedy

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