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Re: AVTS Early Voting

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Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2000 9:36 AM
Subject: 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.
From a quick look at the data I would suggest that any AVTS unit or PollBook that is to have more than 10 precincts on it should have an Imation Drive. This is just a rough guideline and is obviously dependant on the number of languages, audio requirements, and number of races.  The current Alameda demo Nel has been working on as an 80Kb election.dbd file (this is what needs to be stored on the removable media - not the actual database).
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.
I agree with Steve,  the cost of the hub is low and it allows more than one AVTS unit to be connected for download.  Furthermore if you want to connect two computerd directly without a hub you need to get a 'cross over' cable.
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?
The PollBook should have Windows 95/98 installed on it.