Re: Polling Place conditions, reframing the issue

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Fri May 14 2004 - 12:24:40 CDT

At 8:01 PM -0700 5/13/04, Ed Kennedy wrote:
>Hello Arthur:
>
> As the poll worker needs to initialize a machine for each voter (if I
>understand this correctly) the evm's are being checked as often as every 5
>minutes.

I don't know why this has to be. The EVMs should be self-serve once
you've signed in and gotten your smart card or equivalent. Otherwise
you need too much poll workers.

> I'd suggest that as the output of each machine is a legal paper
>ballot, that the machine simply be sent through the end of the day shut down
>routine upon discovery of a failure.

That's a reasonable strategy, but you don't want to get the vote
tallies from that machine prematurely.

>However,
>as the EVM 1 might cost 1/3rd the price of a DRE it's more affordable to
>have a few machine on standby.

Right now, that's merely a guess. I would suggest we refrain from
quoting specific numbers, because they will likely miss things we
later discover that we'll need. It'll be a while before we can cost
it all out.

Best regards,
Arthur

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