Re: More on voting stations

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Fri May 07 2004 - 12:16:42 CDT


> 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 can do some trials with inkjet v. laser, but I think laser is the way to
go. Inkjet is not attractive for this application. While they have less
delay (very minor issue) lasers print much faster and cleaner. The HP 1300
produces the ballot very fast--finished in 8 seconds from the moment you
press print to when it's sitting in the out tray.

The other main reason inkjets are unlikely to be used for this is that they
are mainly for home use: there is little use for them in an office
environment. They are used some in schools and I suppose if an arrangement
could be made to donate them to schools after Election Day, that might be a
possibility. Lasers have more value as general purpose printers.

Also, if you tried to dedicate an inkjet printer for elections, you'd have a
big problem with ink drying out from disuse.

Alan D.
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