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Re: Municipal Elections using County equipment

Sue: The state of Alaska stores the state equipment at the municipalities
and allows them to be used by the cities or boroughs. Some have the complete
system and program their own elections. The sites and personell are the same
as for the state elections. Others have only the accuvote units and contract
with us to program the elections and memory cards. The boroughs pay all the
expenses including their own memory cards, ballot printing and on site
support when requested. Hope this helps somewhat.
Donald W. Biszmaier
Support Services Specialist
Diebold Election Systems, Inc.
7717 Greenwood Rd.
Louisville, Ky. 40258
Office 502-244-8645
Cell 502-314-6936
Fax 502-254-7835
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sue Page" <spdiebold@earthlink.net>
To: "Support" <Support@gesn.com>
Sent: Thursday, July 25, 2002 4:12 AM
Subject: Municipal Elections using County equipment

> Question from Maryland:
> I want to use Diebold's experience in managing and programming municipal
> elections to guide the drafting of these procedures.  Our principle issue
> how will the managment of these elections be coordinated between the
> counties, the municipalities, and Diebold.  The municipalities principle
> issue is how will they pay for the programming of the ballot, training of
> election judges, and transportation of voting equipment.
> I think it is both in SBE and Diebold's best interest if the
> use Diebold voting units for their elections.  Currently, I think we're a
> long way from that goal.
> I'm hoping I could talk to someone at Diebold or get an e-mail reply to
> following questions:
> In counties using Diebold voting units, how are the municipal elections
> coordinated between the counties, municipalities, and Diebold?  In other
> words, the GEMS server is in the county offices, so how much of the
> includes county space, services, supervision?  Is the initial request for
> Diebold support processed through the counties or throught the
> municipalities?  how is judges training coordinated?  Invoicing directly
> the municipalities?
> Are the voting units transported by the same contractor for both the
> and municipal elections?
> Do you have a sense of how municipalities in other counties are able to
> afford the costs for programming, training, and transportation (all new
> costs for our municipalities)?
> What are the lessons learned in your past support of municipal elections,
> i.e. what pitfalls should SBE avoid as we draft our procedures?
> I look forwared to your reply.
> Thanks,
> Ben
> Ben Lambert
> Administrative Assistant
> Maryland State Board of Elections
> (410) 269-2868
> blambert@elections.state.md.us