Re: In situ ballot printer

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sat Jun 19 2004 - 13:49:22 CDT

At 10:10 AM -0700 6/19/04, Alan Dechert wrote:
>> I know... I took Latin too. But in English the phrase comes over with
>> a less generic meaning. Actually, as well as archeology and geology,
>> the term is used in forensics. But none of those are areas we want to
>> insinuate ("we found the ballot lodged in his left ventricle...").
>In addtion, I found an example of "in situ printing."
>> What don't we just call the ballot itself a "Printed Summary Ballot"
>> (as Arthur likes, and just an adjective order off from your
>> suggestion).
>I could go for either one "Summary Printed Ballot" or "Printed Summary
>Ballot" with acronymns SPB or PSB. Any problems with either of the

I prefer Printed Summary Ballot, because it is a summary ballot that
is printed. Summary Printed Ballot could be a summary OF a printed
ballot. I prefer "Paper" to "Printed" because it conveys that the
ballot is in paper. The problem with "Printed" is some people might
think it is mass printed rather than demand printed.

> > And the voting station that makes one a
>> "Computer-Assisted Ballot [Printing|Marking] Device"
>But "computer-assisted ballot printing device" does not convey the fact it
>is printed on site (or on-the-spot). It still sounds like it might be a
>system for printing ballots at another site then bringing them to the poll
>site for marking.
>"computer assisted marking device" sounds like it might be a device to mark
>a pre-printed ballot.
>So, I find both of these unsatisfactory.

If we can fix what the marking device marks, I'm coming around to the
preference for "marking."

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
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