Re: Schedule for the EVM Mark 1

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Mon May 17 2004 - 12:47:57 CDT

At 11:15 AM -0500 5/17/04, Douglas W. Jones wrote:
>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, how about my schedule of:

Winter 2005 polling place software completed and possibly certified
Spring 2005 experimental use in small scale advisory or unofficial
elections (say, 10,000 voters and several precincts)
Spring 2005 software completed
Summer 2005 certified
Fall 2005 pilot use
Fall 2005 software updated based on feedback and recertified
Primary 2006 widespread use
Spring 2006 software updated based on feedback and recertified
Fall General 2006 widespread use
Fall-Winter 2006-7 software updated based on feedback and recertified
Summer 2007 technology transfer completed, assessments completed,
state research projects over

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
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