Re: BBV report on recent VSPP activities

From: Jim March <jmarch_at_prodigy_dot_net>
Date: Fri Jan 21 2005 - 13:59:17 CST

Fred McLain wrote:

>On Fri, 2005-01-21 at 09:50 -0800, Jim March wrote:
>>I can just imagine hooking up a dot matrix printer to a paper cutter arm
>>which in turn is linked to the final "cast ballot" button via a switch.
>>People would do their final "cast ballot" by pulling down on the arm,
>>slicing the paper :). KerCHUNK! Ballot cast :).
>I've designed and implemented systems that do exactly that, although
>using rotary cutters triggered by a beam break. You'd be surprised how
>difficult it is to get the mechanical part of the system to behave.
>Printers, as it turns out, generate a great deal of static electricity
>that affects how the paper flows through the guides. Also, the paper
>won't just drop in a predictable way. There's also a problem with the
>"chaos" of how paper flutters down, think of leaves falling.
>Dot matrix Jim?!? This is the 21st century! :)
> -Fred-

Hey, dot matrix printers with tractor feed are THE most reliable
small-printer feed mechanism made. And still in use for any number of
purposes...when you have a stack of 500+ multi-part forms fr'instance
there's still nothing better. (Sorta like how revolvers based on the
1873 model Colt SAA design (with metallurgy updates!) are still the
toughest handguns made and still used by people doing back woods
expeditions who need big power and stone-axe reliability.)

But I was pleased to see Joe Hall's comments that you guys wouldn't be
considered a "DRE". It's a "ballot printer" I guess, which is good.

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