"Ian S. Piper" wrote:
I agree with Ian on the battery(provided the world was perfect) but if we can,t have a battery that lasts all day then what? A battery with at least 3 hrs. would allow time for providing a portable generator to be set up or something.-----Original Message-----I believe that the battery must be able to run all day or at least be easily swapable with minimal interruption of service. With the Accu-Vote paper ballot system, if the power goes out, the people who arrive at the polling place can still vote and leave. The paper ballot can be processed later. With the DRE system, if the power goes out all day and you have a 3 hour battery backup, nobody can vote after three hours. A DRE system needs to be capable of running all day from just prior to opening the polls to an hour after closing the polls (approx. 14 hours/ FEC says 16 hours).
Sorry Ian, can't agree with you on this one. What if we were in the business of selling airplanes and someone wanted to buy a jet to fly across the ocean but did not have the money to buy one that would hold enough fuel? They did however, have enough money to purchase a smaller jet and wanted us to sell it to them. Would we sell the smaller jet even if we knew it could not handle the job? I think not.Also, I believe that the one single thing that now sets us apart from everyone else is the size of our screen. I don't believe a smaller screen would be of value because no matter the jurisdiction size they may have races with a large number of candidates or issues that require large amounts of space.I disagree with Mickey. Right now, we competing with small screen DREs. Right now, sales people are having to justify the cost/benefit of a large screen. What if a customer doesn't mind a small screen unit? Wouldn't you like to have the option to sell them what they want and be competitive? Global cannot sell 15" DREs for the same price that the competition is selling 10" DREs, but if we are capable of producing a 10" Accu-Vote TS, we can be competitive.