Re: How dark is a mark?

From: Doug Kellner <dkellner_at_elections_dot_state_dot_ny_dot_us>
Date: Wed Dec 19 2007 - 07:59:54 CST

You may find this report prepared by the NYC Board of Elections helpful.

Douglas A. Kellner
Co-Chair
New York State Board of Elections

Tel. (212) 889-2821
Fax (212) 684-6224

From: Danny Swarzman <danny@stowlake.com>
Reply-To: Open Voting Consortium discussion list
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Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 21:41:43 -0800
To: <dak@khgflaw.com>, Open Voting Consortium discussion list
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Subject: [OVC-discuss] How dark is a mark?

Does anyone know what practical test is used to determine if a
scanner is sufficiently sensitive?

There must be some kind of criteria for how dark the voter's mark
needs to be or how wide the ink mark must be to qualify as marked.
Are there different measures in different states?

Has anyone dealt with this question?

A reference to relevant sections of regulations would help.

Later, I will try to find the best algorithm for meeting the
criteria, but today, I'm just trying to find out what measure of
sensitivity is best.

Is 'sensitivity' the right word? I think that word was used by the CA
SoS to describe the shortcomings of the ES&S precinct scanner. I sent
email to her office and await a reply.

Has this issue come up in other states?

-Danny
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