A new idea for a Electronic Ballot Printer

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Fri Jul 06 2007 - 03:57:05 CDT

I've been thinking about how to tally the ballots created by an
Electronic Ballot Printer (EBP), such as in the Dechert architecture.
The current thinking is for the EBP to produce a Printed Summary
Ballot. Unfortunately, a Printed Summary Ballot requires either OCR
(optical character recognition) by the ballot reader or barcodes to
facilitate reading. A third alternative occurred to me: printing an
entire optical scan ballot (bubble or connect the lines) with the
selections marked. Such optical scan ballots printed on blank ballot
stock would be counted in the same manner as hand-marked paper
ballots, which is easier to implement than OCR. OCR is so
complicated that an open source version would be hard to check for
correctness.

Best regards,
Arthur

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