I don't know how you're formatting these E-Mail messages but I can't
read all of the message on some of your E-Mail because they
scroll off my screen left to right and scroll down the page and I don't
have arrows allowing me to scroll right,left,down or up. Is there something
I need to know about the E-Mail system. Am I not doing something I should
in order to read these messages?
Thank's for your help.
Ian Piper wrote:
simple pollbook, eh? What skill level, if any, do pollworkers have
that they can operate any pollbook device. It sounds like these people
would have problems operating an ATM. Any pollbook device will require
some training and skill level to operate. It'll have more than a
numeric keypad on it. ADA
compliance for the booth shouldn't be a problem. An integrated booth
can have a different set of legs attached to it allowing a wheelchair to
roll under the booth and also have it set at the proper height for access
from a wheelchair. Tab is aware of that criteria for the booth design. Hundreds
to thousands for testing? It won't be given the chance. As
usual, these things will be sold into accounts prior to any beta testing.
And I don't believe that Global will spend a million dollars on producing
a batch of test equipment just to have it trashed and given away.
It'll probably spend that million on supporting the product while it's
being fully developed in the field. The
alpha testing will have to show the bugs. Unless we hire a half dozen
testing personnel this week, everybody (including sales staff) is going
to have to test these units. With the election season upon us, support
staff (field and in-house) aren't going to have oodles of time to sit there
and play with this new unit. So whoever gets their hands on a prototype,
when they become available, they'd better put it through its paces.
Otherwise, don't come crying... YEA
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, June 05, 2000 5:26 PM
Subject: Re: Pollbook Function
I agree that the cirrent pollbook is too complicated for most poll
workers and can attest to it personally. Since many counties do not
have employees working Early Voting, it is also too difficult for Early
Voting workers (same as poll workers and normally at least 75 years of
The only problem I have with the integrated booth approach is the fact
that many states will need to comply to ADA accessibility standards so
most of the competitors booths are not a good place to start in booth design.
Texas is the first in mandating these standards for the handicapped and
we have used a regular 6 foot table with one unit and a table top secrecy
booth (the regulare units are three to a table). This may not be
the best solution but it beats the heck out of the self contained booths
of some of our competitors. Consequently, if we design an integrated
booth concept, it must address all the ADA requirements that will be sweeping
the other states shortly!
I totally agree with the testing procedures and hardware to test hundreds/thousands
of units in a timely manner. Also, I agree that we need input from
the field personnel that have run these elections to insure that we as
a company do not miss some important issues in this new design that will
bite us all in the butt later!
Steve Knecht wrote:
After several discussions
with Tab, Frank and Deborah the pollbook issue remains problematic.
Frank, Deborah, and I believe that a laptop with a card burner is NOT a
viable option for pollworkers. It is cumbersome and generally is
too complicated for most pollworkers. It may work fine in an early
voting environment, but in the precinct we need something much simpler.
In early voting we can train staff. In the precinct, we need a turn on,
turn off card burner unit (maybe it has its own pcmcia card so it knows
what styles it can burn). Maybe the laptop pollbook unit is in CE
and will boot directly into the application and effectively do what I'm
suggesting. I don't know. The AccuVote-TS is
one piece of our new voting system. The system must include:
I would like to see some folks in development, management,
and field sales re-look at these issues to insure that all the requirements
of this new product are being considered.
smart card burner (easy to use pollbook application)
testing procedures and hardware to test hundreds or thousands