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Re: AVTS Early Voting

Ian: Would the use of this PollBook Imation Drive only be a requirement for VIBS equipped accounts where every database disk has all the audio files? 
SteveK: Tab would best tell you about whether this exceeds 1.44.  I assume that a Santa Clara with 4 languages will exceed 1.44Mb. 
Nel - could you check with Tab and ask him what happens to the 100kb Alameda database when we go from 1 precinct to 1000 precincts?
Or in a Non-VIBS environment, would the number of languages on even a standard Ballot Station dictate the use of an Imation 120MB disk?
Again Tab - can you estimate this based on Alameda ballot Nel's been working on assuming 1000 precincts, 4 languages, 200 ballot styles.
The reason I ask is that Fresno and Tulare are only receiving standard Ballot Stations and not VIBS units.  But California does support a lot of languages.
Also, do you really need a 4 port Ethernet hub to connect a Ballot Station to a host computer, or can you just connect it directly?
I think the cost of the hub is so low that we should allow for other needs.  Personal Opinion.
For PollBooks already shipped, it is probably more efficient if a support person picks up the drive and installs it.  We can stock External Imation Drives if these items will be an ongoing requirement.  Changing the Regedit in future PollBook shipments is not a problem.  If we know the proper configuration, then the PollBook will be setup to work with that configuration.
Our problem right now is, "what are the different configurations?"  Also note that if the parts required for a PollBook increases, so to will the price of a PollBook.
The laptop pollbook is a very temporary solution hopefully.  Tab - if customers want to supply their own computer, what software op system should the pc have in order for us to load pollbook software?
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, June 12, 2000 5:53 PM
Subject: Re: AVTS Early Voting

Any other comments on:
1. Need to use Ballot Station to create disks via Ethernet Hub
2. Need for customer to buy Imation drive
3. Change Regedit so you run off the C, rather than A drive.
If this is the case, then Ian needs an option for including the external Imation and the regedit change.  Or is the support person doing the install supposed to go out to the local COMPUSA and buy the required items?
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, June 12, 2000 2:28 PM
Subject: Re: AVTS Early Voting

We run this already in El Paso, TX.  (same scenario)
Yes, some elections will run bigger with audio files, and will require Imation disks.  In El Paso, we run all elections with Imation disk, small and large, because they use the Vibs unit for all elections. 
To create a disk, you would have your GEMS computer hooked to a regular AVTS unit via a hub.  From this set-up, you can download and upload.  All AVTS units in the field should be equipped with Imation Drives.  It is a simple procedure to Network a AVTS unit to a GEMS computer.
As for the Pollbook, there are a couple of ways to load your election.  The safe way is to buy a external Imation drive to load the election on to the Pollbook.  Then you would make a change in the regedit files, so that the election would run off the "C" drive instead of the "A" drive.  THIS IS THE SAFEST AND RECOMMENDED WAY TO LOAD THE ELECTION ON THE POLLBOOK.
The other way is to make ZIP file of your election and load it onto your pollbook.  (note: no matter which way you load, you must make the change in the regedit file) 
If I did not answer all of your questions, give me a call in the office.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, June 12, 2000 3:55 PM
Subject: AVTS Early Voting

AccuVote site in California wants to buy 3 early voting avts units.  Given that one of them is VIBS unit with audio, with California size ballot, wouldn't this exceed 1.44mb?  If so, is our design to utilize one of the three Ballot stations and link to GEMS via ethernet to create the diskettes?
If these need to be the larger Imation diskettes - how will the pollbook (in Tulare or Fresno) be able to build an election database given it does not have ethernet or larger diskette capability?
Maybe this isn't a problem.  Could someone indicate in simple terms please how the laptop pollbook gets the election database on it to create voter cards without ethernet or imation drive, given what seems like will be an election larger than 1.44mb.  I guess I'm assuming that the audio is on all diskettes?? Is this true?  I guess my assumption is that dbs will exceed 1.44mb.  Maybe I'm wrong.  Comments.