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Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2000 9:36
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
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
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
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
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
The PollBook should have Windows 95/98 installed on