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# Re: Placer Ballot Box Problems

 Steve: If it is a static problem, I have found some of the anti-static clothes that you throw in the clothes dryer to be helpful for wiping the chutes with. Don "Ian S. Piper" wrote: I assume when you say that only one was over 8.5" that none were under 7.5".  Is that correct?I mentioned the "nick or scratch" only as something to check.  Let's first find out what is causing the problem, and then we'll make determinations as to resolving the problem.Perhaps Greg has had the experience of ESD being a problem, I have not.  You might want to further discuss that aspect with Greg directly.NOTE:  Back before the chute measurement was used, I believe that someone had tried silicone spray (e.g., Armorall) on the chute surface to decrease friction.  I'd not heard if that was a success or not. Sincerely, Ian S. PiperDiebold Election Systems, Inc. -----Original Message----- From: owner-support@gesn.com [mailto:owner-support@gesn.com]On Behalf Of Steve Knecht Sent: February 16, 2002 1:05 PM To: support@gesn.com Subject: Re: Placer Ballot Box Problems   They measured them at check-in.  Only 1 was over 8.5".  No amount of bending could change it.  If we have alot of them nicked or scratched, there's nothing they are going to do about it.  Greg F. suggests the possbility of electro static charge in the ballot causing it to stick.  ??  ----- Original Message ----- From: Ian S. Piper Sent: Saturday, February 16, 2002 9:07 AM Subject: RE: Placer Ballot Box Problems  Try me or Steve Ricke.One possible reason is the curve in the chute is too tight.  Using a straight edge ruler, put the end of ruler against the second crossbar and read the measurement from there to the end of the chute.  The distance should be between 7-1/2" to 8-1/2".Also check the chute surface for nicks or scratches.  The surface should be smooth so that the edge of the ballot paper does not catch on anything.Sincerely, Ian S. PiperDiebold Election Systems, Inc. -----Original Message----- From: owner-support@gesn.com [mailto:owner-support@gesn.com]On Behalf Of Steve Knecht Sent: February 16, 2002 10:45 AM To: Global Support Subject: Placer Ballot Box Problems   We are experiencing ballots leaving the AccuVote-OS and getting stuck in the ballot path in an extraordinary number of ballot boxes, roughly 1/3 of them in Placer.  Deborah is running into this in her small election this weekend.  Ballots are getting hung up behind the back horizontal bar, as the ballot is entering the curved portion of the ballot chute.  This is happening to too many of these to be a coincidence.  This will cause jamming during the day in too many locations to deal with.  We need to figure out what is causing this and have 1 week to get it resolved, before delivery of ballot boxes by drayage company.  Who in McKinney should I work with on this?  Steve Knecht Diebold Election Systems 415-893-9941 office   415-893-9951 fax 415-225-6591 cell
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