Re: Questions-privacy folders and ballot boxes

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Mon May 10 2004 - 10:55:40 CDT

On May 10, 2004, at 10:42 AM, Edmund R. Kennedy wrote:

> Hello Arthur:
> Back in the days of votomatic punch card system, the
> privacy envelope was only open on one side.

This varied from county to county. In some jurisdictions, the
Votomatic ballot was self-obscuring. Privacy was provided by
the write-in tab that was the same size as the ballot and attached
to it by a perforated hinge. No other privacy cover was provided.
In other jurisdictions, privacy folders were provided.

With optical mark-sense ballots, privacy folders frequently resemble
manilla folders (although frequently on white paper with red
printing saying PRIVACY FOLDER).

In one common scheme, the folder covers only the voted part of the
ballot, leaving the end of the ballot with precinct identifying
information sticking out. These ballots are fed into the scanner
by sticking the exposed edge into the sheet feed slot. The scanner
grabs that edge and pulls the ballot out of the folder, so the ballot
surface is never exposed to examination.

> For those
> of you who have not used the votomatic system, the
> ballot was about 3" (75mm) wide

3 1/4 inches, exactly

> and 11" long and was printed on card stock.

7 3/8 inches, exactly, up to the perforation. After the
perforation, the attached stub came in several sizes, depending
on how the privacy issue is solved. My stock of Votomatic ballots
have stubs exactly 7 1/2 inches long with a secondary stub
exactly one inch long. I have a few Votomatic ballots with
a 3 1/2 inch stub that are evidently torn from a secondary stub
that I don't have. Those would require a secondary privacy
folder, since their stub isn't big enough to provide privacy.

                Doug Jones
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