Re: Schedule for the EVM Mark 1

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Mon May 17 2004 - 11:15:47 CDT

On May 13, 2004, at 2:05 PM, Edmund R. Kennedy wrote:

> 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?

I was just in Dade County, meeting about the problems they have with
their
voting system. They've concluded that the drop-dead deadline for the
decision to go with a new release of the firmware for their voting
system
is last week. Pollworker training for the fall election requires that
the
pollworker manual be in place before classes start, and classes start
very
soon for their late August primary. They want to run the general
election
on the same equipment and training manual that they run the primary on.

They are in a fix now because they rushed the purchase decision for the
system they used in 2002 and are now stuck with. That decision had the
commit deadline for what system to purchase set at December 1, 2001, and
the fact that they missed that deadline and slid into "expedited
acquisition
and approval" as a result is what led to some really bad engineering
decisions that led to the 2002 election crisis in Miami. That crisis
has
not yet ended.

                Doug Jones
                jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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