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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 10:18 AM
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Bo Lipari Looks Sequoia's ImageCast in the Eye...and doesn't like what he sees.
Without mentioning Sequoia or Lever Machines or Judge Sharpe by name he recommends using the levers until the optical scan meets NY standards and opines it would be a bad idea if NY is pressured to drop it's standards.

Way to Go, Bo!! :woohoo:

Schedule Slips and Slippery Slopes

July 24th, 2008

by bolipari

Voting Machines Cant Meet NY Standards in Time for 2009

Its become obvious that New York States new voting systems will not be able to complete New York State certification testing in time for the scheduled 2009 rollout. The state sets the highest bar in the nation for approval of voting machines, one that vendors have never been required to meet before. Their performance in New York demonstrates that they are a long, long way from understanding that the public will not stand for poorly designed, badly tested and outrageously overpriced equipment, and a business philosophy of let the customer be damned.


The problem is that the voting machine industry has thus far been able to get away with selling expensive equipment that frequently breaks down, failing at a rate that we would never, ever accept for toaster ovens, let alone a machine that counts the vote. But now New York State comes along, and prodded by citizen advocates demanding high certification standards, sets the bar higher than its been before. But rather than act like a company that has just signed a multi-million dollar contract and wants to make sure that their products meet all the customer stated requirements prior to shipping it out, the vendors take the same old broken approach a quickly thrown together, poorly designed product; not validated by user testing; manufactured in haste with no discernible quality control standards; let the buyer beware.

The question now is what will the State Board of Elections do allow the schedule to slip or compromise the regulations? At their meeting on July 22, there seemed to be agreement that New York should not allow any system to be used that does not meet all of the states standards. But there was also talk that the Board of Elections could perhaps overlook what was described as unimportant discrepancies from the New York regulations.

This would be a dreadful mistake, for once you start down this slippery slope, theres no going back - and what was once a shining example becomes a muddy mockery. New York must not reward the vendors for this typically abysmal performance. The State Board of Elections must protect New Yorks voters they must not approve any machines that do not meet every single one of the States requirements.

It appears as though there may be a wake for the ImageCast.

Long Live Levers!

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