Re: Reflections on the election and implications for the OVC

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Wed Nov 03 2004 - 16:11:18 CST

Charlie,

> Lines: lines caused by the sheer number of voters (and not other
> problems) come from one source alone: Not enough polling
> stations at the precint. How OVC addresses this: there are two
> ways. first, unlike other systems using an inflexible number of
> expensive polling stations OVC uses cheap, almost discardable
> (give them to schools) stations. Thus dynamically increasing the
> number of polling stations a few months before anticipated heavy
> turn-out is indeed a possibility. Just buy more cheap PCs. Yes
> you have to buy more screens too. But the point is there's no
> bottle neck in supply. And after the election you are not stuck
> with more machines than you need on hand for most elections.
>
I was about to say that. Thanks, Charlie, for saying that. Early voting is
being promoted precisely because DREs are expensive. It's a way to get more
usage out of these machines. It's typical of the mentality that prevails
with many election officials: Let's plan the voting system and procedures
with election administration considerations paramount -- the voter's
concerns (long lines) is not so important.

> Electrical failure:
>
Polling places should have secure power. This was to be a major piece of
the scientific study for which we've been trying to get funding. Pollsite
power needs to be secure to ensure available lighting as well as power for
the machines.

Alan D.
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