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Re: Ballot Box and Accu Vote modifications

IMHO  this destroys the integrity of a SECURE ballot box -  we have had problems in the past with poll workers pushing the wrong buttons and getting into areas they should not be in -  also it opens the system up to invasion from the outside. 
Locking mechanisms at least give the appearance of security -  remove that and its Flodia all over again
If one customer wants it - fine but not on a global scale - I will check all the state laws I have for the state I work with and post any requirements.
----- Original Message -----
From: Larry Dix
Sent: Thursday, January 25, 2001 9:28 AM
Subject: Ballot Box and Accu Vote modifications

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