Re: More on voting stations

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Fri May 07 2004 - 12:50:51 CDT

At 10:16 AM -0700 5/7/04, Alan Dechert wrote:
>> 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.

I'm sure the schools would like them if they are to be donated.
Inkjet printers last a long time, and it's clear that some things
will need to be stored between elections, such as the computer
enclosure/booth. I know you're trying to design something that has
multiple uses, though.

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

Perhaps you missed the sentence in my quote above: "Finally you can
install a new inkjet cartridge for each election." It's risky not to
do that for an election, and more expensive and more environmentally
unfriendly to do that for laser toner cartridges.

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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