Re: More on voting stations

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Fri May 07 2004 - 11:54:47 CDT

At 1:17 AM -0700 5/7/04, Karl Auerbach wrote:
>There is a problem with many printers - the delay. I foresee a
>significant possibility that voters will think they are done and leave
>before the paper ballot is printed.
>Laser printers sometimes have a warm-up time. Ink jet printers often
>start much faster - except for my Epson's that sometimes go off and do the
>dance of the thousand buzzes for a minute or so.

That's a big advantage of inkjet printers. Another big advantage is
it is cheaper than laser. Finally, you can install a new inkjet
cartridge for each election. (It's more expensive and more of a
waste to install a new laser toner cartridge for each election.) The
big disadvantage is paper supply capacity.

>We may well need to come up with software controlled curtain mechanism
>that is present less for privacy and more for keeping the voter in the
>boot until the paper is ready.

You could do what ATM's do. Give instructions about getting the
paper. The button to push when you're done with your vote can say,
"PRINT your ballot"; then the EVM screen immediately says, "Please
wait for your ballot to print." When the printer is done printing,
the EVM can say, "Please review your ballot. If it is correct,
please place it in the ballot box. If it is not correct, please ask
a pollworker for assistance in correcting your ballot."

Opening and closing the curtain with a software controlled mechanism
appears to add to the cost and potential for breakdown. It reminds
me of the lever machines we used in New York. The lever for casting
your vote literally opened the curtain. The same lever, pushed in
the opposite direction, closed the curtain and allowed you to vote.

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
tel +1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
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