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RE: Ballot Box and Accu Vote modifications

Items like those listed below (in Larry’s e-mail) come up from time to time.  I think to respond to them, but Ken always responds first, and says exactly what I was thinking.  This is one of those times.


I would only respond to Ken on item (2) by saying this: if the AccuVote is logging overrides by printing them on the results tape, there is no particular place for the tape to go.  I can conceive of a customer wanting to use the “print message on override” setting, knowing that they override a lot of ballots, and needing a place to allow the tape to go.  I don’t consider it advisable, by any means, but it is conceivable.


I, like Frank, am curious.  Who wants this?  Knowing this is important, I think, to properly considering and prioritizing the request.




-----Original Message-----
From: owner-support@gesn.com [mailto:owner-support@gesn.com]On Behalf Of Ken Clark
Sent: Thursday, January 25, 2001 10:25 AM
To: support@gesn.com
Subject: RE: Ballot Box and Accu Vote modifications


Are you talking about doing this for all future ballot boxes produced?  If some customer wants this, just work out how much its going to cost, mark it up, and charge them for it.  As for everyone else, the question in my mind is not so much "what would be the problems" as "why are we doing this"?


(1)    Why do they need access to the yes/no buttons?  To save the poll workers from having to unlock the flap to override ballots?  Is that really such a big deal?  Override should require poll worker intervention, and a key is the natural way to give them that authority.


(2)    This one I really don't get.  Tell me it is not voter receipts.





From: owner-support@gesn.com [mailto:owner-support@gesn.com]On Behalf Of Larry Dix
Sent: Thursday, January 25, 2001 10:28 AM

There has been a recent request to make 2 modifications, one to the ballot box and one to the Accu Vote.  They are:


1.                  Cut a hole in the front of the ballot box to allow access to the yes and no button with out unlocking and opening the front panel.

2.                  Cut an opening in the top of the Accu Vote printer cover that would allow the paper tape to feed out the top of the Accu Vote with out unlocking and removing the printer cover.



I would like to get your input on these 2 requests immediately.  I would like to know if you are aware of any legal, security, or problematic issues that these requests might raise.  Can you give me any reason or state statute that would prohibit this from being acceptable in the states that you are familiar with.  I realize that this will raise questions from a manufacturing point of view, put I need your input from a support point of view.


Thank you


Larry J. Dix

Vice President of Operations

Global Election Systems