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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-21-08 05:50 PM
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3. To our county BoE it is very clear that...
the maintnenance cost is high, and parts are rare or unavailable. Of course those thousands of gears could be copied by any decent machine shop, but at great cost. And then there would have to be testing set up to make sure the gears and gadgets worked exactly as the originals did. Our machines are over 40 years old, and manufacturers are either out of business or not carrying a parts inventory. Not that they are all at the end of their lives, though, and many machines are still working just fine. But, the counties aren't happy about spending tons of maney to fix a problem that isn't exactly urgent, while they do see problems down the road when it will be urgent.

Most lever machines are handicapped accessible, albeit clumsily by having a huge crank to lower the machine. I haven't seen one lowered yet, though, as people in wheelchairs can request assistance reaching the high levers.

But, all else is irrelevant, as we are under a court order to replace the machines, and I hope it's with good scanners. Bo seems to hope so, too, although it's not always easy to tell from his writing.

Optical scanners are not DREs, although each could be considered E-voting. As I have said before, optical scanning is mature technology, going at least as far back as those IBM puchcards, and as error-free as it gets-- if the scanner is designed properly.

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