Re: [OVC-demo-team] New tester

From: Eron Lloyd <elloyd_at_lancaster_dot_lib_dot_pa_dot_us>
Date: Thu Jan 29 2004 - 17:54:26 CST

Well, you don't expect the election bureau to hand-code XML or run raw SQL
queries, do you? There are many management applications necessary for the
day-to-day operations of a voter registration office. I visit one very
regularly and have intimate knowledge of the applications and services they
use. There are many database-centric clients, for instance:

- voter registration rolls management
- election equipment inventory
- ballot layout and design
- absentee/early voting management
- voting history tracking
- campaign finance/candidate qualification and filing tracking
- project management and workflow
- street list/ward/precinct/district maintenance
- GIS integration
- CASS address verification
- report generators
- petition validation
- security configuration
- poll worker and polling place management

And this is a *very* incomplete list. While much of this could be moved to the
Web, desktop applications for these areas still reign supreme. I don't want
to go off-topic too much, but no county government will buy into simple
voting machines; they want the whole shebang (trust me, I work in county
government procurement roles). Many of the commercial vendors offer an
impressive array of components; check them out to get an idea of what you'll
be up against. Most government procurement processes for such a major
purchase use RFPs and *very* detailed feature/support requirements. Without
being able to return an RFP with "Yes" checked off on at least a majority of
those features you won't even get consideration. With the appropriations
already allocated through HAVA and state government financing, they won't
care if the OVC system is cheaper or better in the long run. You won't win
contracts with promises and possibilities.

I don't want to sound pessimistic at all; I think this is possible. I do think
it is detrimental not to start thinking about these things, however, as they
will greatly affect the overall architecture and development of the system.
So in closing, yes, you'll need a desktop. While I hope it could be a Linux
one, there will be many obstacles to promoting that, thus a need to consider
a cross-platform architecture (for now).

Cheers,

Eron

On Thursday 29 January 2004 5:49 pm, Fred McLain wrote:
> Why would a Linux voting machine require a Linux desktop? I think a
> bigger concern would be using a virus plagued environment for voting
> on. There are also cost issues, we are targeting inexpensive hardware
> for this project and a Windows license could end up costing as much or
> more then the CPU.
>
> On Thu, 2004-01-29 at 14:19, Eron Lloyd wrote:
> > Speaking of OS platforms, are you targeting a final product able to run
> > fully on Win32? I'm thinking of how unsuccessfull it would be trying to
> > promote this system to county governments and explain that they'll need
> > to migrate their voter registration office desktops to Linux.
> >
> > Eron
> >
> > On Thursday 29 January 2004 5:00 pm, you wrote:
> > > I switched my home development environment from Win2k to Redhat 9 some
> > > time ago and am very, very happy with it. Windoz isn't for breakfast
> > > any more :)
> > >
> > > -Fred-
> > >
> > > On Thu, 2004-01-29 at 13:54, Alan Dechert wrote:
> > > > Jan,
> > > >
> > > > > ....... made me suspect that many of you are trapped
> > > > > in Bill Gates world, .........
> > > >
> > > > I don't know how many here are trapped. I think most here are not
> > > > trapped by the MSFT juggernaut. I am, for sure, but I have entered a
> > > > 12 step program to get over it.
> > > >
> > > > > ...... and do not have access to a Python installation
> > > > > with the necessary 'curses' module. So to make it possible for as
> > > > > many as possible to test the program, I have modified the code so
> > > > > that it can be run under Windows as well. It seems to work now, but
> > > > > I need to iron out some bugs first before uploading it.
> > > > >
> > > > > To run the program, you will need to install the Python Win32
> > > > > Extensions:
> > > > >
> > > > > http://starship.python.net/crew/mhammond/
> > > > >
> > > > > You may prepare by installing this right now.
> > > >
> > > > Thanks again for your great work, Jan. I hope we can do justice to
> > > > it.
> > > >
> > > > Alan D.
> > >
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