Re: Reflections on the election and implications for the OVC

From: David Jefferson <d_jefferson_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Wed Nov 03 2004 - 17:30:18 CST

I suggest that using *generic* PCs for voting machines may not
work very well:

1) The have too many ports and devices that you don't want,
        ports: mouse, keyboard, IEEE1384, ethernet, serial,
            telephone, microphone and video in/out
        devices: non-touch-screen, hard disk, optical disk
            speakers, modem, WiFi transceiver
2) They do not have the devices you DO want integrated with
        touchscreen, Flash reader/writer, smart card reader(?),
input device
           for the blind, VVPT printers with cutters
3) They tend to have too much RAM and be way too fast. This is
        for the voting application, and produces temptation to
fill the
        machines with excess functionality.

Also I would say that a tablet PC is not "generic". For the
time being I think they require Windows XP (Tablet Edition), do
they not? They make sense as exploratory platforms, however.


--- Joseph Lorenzo Hall <> wrote:

> > In particular, I would welcome a discussion on the
> feasibility of
> > using cheap, generic PCs as electronic voting machines.
> Certainly
> > cost is a key benefit. But the difficulties of assembly,
> set up, and
> > transport are more problematic. Also, the BVA and the BRP
> may well
> > require custom hardware configuration. And the EVM requires
> a custom
> > enclosure (although that's not so expense).
> A friend here at Cal, Ping (best geek first name ever!), has
> done some
> interesting stuff by overlaying a touchscreen on a tablet PC
> (I highly
> recommend watching the figure to get an idea of how smart Ping
> is...
> he's light-years ahead of anyone I know):
> Two-Handed Interaction on a Tablet Display (from CHI 2004)
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