Re: A new idea for a Electronic Ballot Printer

From: charlie strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Fri Jul 06 2007 - 15:04:56 CDT

As long as were on that topic, I like the idea posted here a couple months back. Use the new german marking pen to mark a hand-marked paper ballot. The pen remembers all the ballots it filled out so one can do the conventional OVC ballot reconciliation.

As desired one can use the filled in paper ballot directly in an opscan.
Alternatively, with an additional machine edge mark the ballot with the OVC barcode using one of those gizmo's they have in supermarkets to edgemark barcodes onto checks.

The standard OVC touchscreen would simply be available for handicapped, alternate language access, and possibly for provisional balloting or on-demand ballot generation for early voting precints.

-----Original Message-----
>From: Alan Dechert <>
>Sent: Jul 6, 2007 11:54 AM
>To: Open Voting Consortium discussion list <>
>Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] A new idea for a Electronic Ballot Printer
>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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