[E-voting] Today's Irish Times
stan at voyager.ie
Fri Jul 7 14:17:59 IST 2006
IIRC, back in the mists of time, someone on this list did a calculation of the available
time for each voter based on the current number of machines, and the average number of
voters who vote in an election.
I think the answer was an average of less than three minutes per voter, and there is a
clause in the legislation which allows the Presiding Officer to reset the machine if a
voter takes too long before casting their vote.
OTOH, can anybody imagine Dick Roche standing up in the Dail to announce they are going
to buy 7000 additional machines because they got their sums wrong?
This is definitely a topic we should consider highlighting in a future Release IMHO.
On Fri, 07 Jul 2006 12:29:59 +0100, Margaret McGaley wrote
> The dept. purchased one machine per ballot box, approximately. In fact,
> the machines are more analagous to voting *booths* of which there are at
> least twice as many. Queuing for a ballot box would be a brief wait,
> queuing for a voting booth would not. In the pilots that were run all
> the "spare" machines were used, and the returning officer expressed
> gratitude that they were available, as otherwise there would have been
> long queues.
> Stan Nangle wrote:
> >Hi all,
> >Margaret, can you elaborate on the necessity to purchase even more machines. This is
> >something I wasn't aware of.
> >>When you add the cost of the changes to each
> >>individual machine, the purchasing of 7,000 more machines (because the
> >>department did not buy enough in the first place), and the cost of
> >>replacing the brains of the system -- the election management software
> >>-- it's hard to justify continuing with this system."
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