----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, October 28, 2000 1:45
Subject: RE: A Good Idea - Fresno,
Believe it or not,
this topic has been discussed in the past. There never has been much
fuss/demand so nothing has ever been done about it, but perhaps this is
changing. Fresno's solution is cute, but it way too complicated
for the task. Here is my alternate proposal.
the AccuVote so that it prints an upload ticket when the memory card is
successfully uploaded. Poll workers are instructed to hand the upload
ticket to the receiver at the drop off site. Those units that don't have
a ticket get taken inside and transmitted, recounted, or whatever. No
big deal if the poll workers loose their ticket (red herring anyway),
since the drop off site will get already uploaded when they retry.
No software, no
autodialer, no pager.
If you've been around elections for 15 minutes, you know
that our AccuVote-OS results all come in during the first 45 minutes, then
we stand around waiting for the last 10% of the precincts, sometimes for
hours. Fresno has a method of avoiding this long wait. They have
developed a way to automatically capture the incoming precincts that send
results via modem,and get that info to their drop off sites around the
county. The drop off supervisor's job is to make sure that the
AccuVotes that aren't sent yet, do not get put into trucks, but instead are
taken inside the drop off site and results sent from there. Here is
how they do it.
- Fresno has some simple software that parses the GEMS
Server "log" file, looks for "finished" phrase and the first precinct
number following that word in the log file. From this the
software knows which vote center has reported. They capture the
precincts from the log's finish statement and write the precinct numbers
to an Access database. These precincts have reported.
- A PC with some simple software reads the Access database,
noting the precincts reporting.
- The PC then has an autodialer connected to a paging
system and pages the dropoff site.
- The Supervisor at the dropoff site reads the precincts
that have reported from their pager (up to 5 at a time) and checks off the precincts on his checklist.
- Any precinct that drops off an
AccuVote NOT already checked off on their list, is immediately taken
inside the dropoff center and transmitted.
- Finally, if the precinct can't be transmitted from the
drop off site, and needs to be recounted for some reason, there are
driving teams spread around the county to bring in the ballots and
AccuVote to be counted at the elections office.
Fresno indicates they will give us this software after
this election. Sounds interesting, and I'm sure we can improve on
it. Fresno has 350+ polling locations.
Global Election Systems
office 415-893-9951 fax