Re: A new idea for a Electronic Ballot Printer

From: Richard C. Johnson <dick_at_iwwco_dot_com>
Date: Fri Jul 06 2007 - 13:08:16 CDT

Actually, the standard OVS ballot writer can print up to and including legal size. (Or more if a county wants to pay for a fancy 2-sided, large format printer. OVS can also do continuation ballots, which can handle any amount of ballot choices with a standard printer. The biggest problem with the ballot writer is that both sides cannot be printed at the same time with an inexpensive printer. The OVS ballot writer could handle a single ballot sheet that, after the front were printed, was fed back into the printer for a second pass to print the back. This is tricky for the voter to execute, but it could be done.
  Then, the scanner will pick up the 2 sided 8.5x14 ballot just like the hand-marked ones.
  Chances are, almost all of the ballot writers will be part of systems for the visually impaired and physically handicapped. There is no denying that the ballot writer, like the DRE, is popular with some parts of the voting public. If a continuation ballot is ok, OVS can make a ballot writer for any jurisdiction and the machine totals for each voter choice will be (1) written to the CD-R and (2) printed out so that precinct totals can be posted. The scanner will not have a problem.
  -- Dick

Alan Dechert <> wrote:
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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