Re: Executive Summary of Proposal to CaliforniaSecretary of State

From: Charlie Strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Fri Jun 10 2005 - 23:39:40 CDT

Regarding the pixel-based optical scanner system,
Since a similar pixel-based scanner based system is offered for
sale by Avante and Hart, so you might want to emphasize the
distinguishing features more. Perhaps you already do in the main

Also there are two features of a pixel based scanner system that are
often overlooked.

1) write in ballots
2) Instant Run Off voting

Most sensor based optical scanners, as opposed to pixel based,
require the user to fill in an oval next to the "write-in" position.
This apparently has proven problematic with voters who will write in
a name and then forget to darken the adjacent oval. Some
jusrisdictions (San Francisco I seem to recall) have made it law that
filling in the write-in constitutes voter intent regardless of
filling in the oval. This is a problem since the way the machines
function is that they kick out the write-ins with darkened ovals to a
special bin for later hand-counting of the write in. Such voter-
intent law means every sensor-based optical scan ballot must be hand
examined for a write-in.

A pixel based scanner could elminate this problem.

IRV ballots can become layers and complicated. sensor based scanners
which typically have 3 or 4 read heads cannot easily accomodate more
than 3 or 4 selections of ranking preference. THis also contracts
the usable area on the ballot since if all four scanners are used in
one column there are none left for a second column on the ballot.
pixel-based Optical scanners dont have the limitations of the sensor
based systems.



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