Re: A new idea for a Electronic Ballot Printer

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Fri Jul 06 2007 - 10:54:19 CDT

OVS already has this idea. It's fine except that it will result in
multiple-page printouts that will be more cumbersome to count (machine or
hand), audit, and store.

Alan D.

> 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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