Re: Why PIN or smartcard is REQUIRED

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sun May 16 2004 - 01:18:36 CDT

Interesting idea. You could also use pre-printed ballot stock, as
was suggested earlier. The problem is to ensure that the voter could
easily insert the paper ballot into the printer. There is also an
increased risk for paper jams.

Best regards,

At 9:52 PM -0700 5/15/04, Ellen Theisen wrote:
>What about this:
>Leave the printers empty. The poll worker hands the voter a piece of paper
>with a "3" printed in the top left corner of the paper -- regardless of
>which edge is up or which side is up (so actually it would have four "3"s
>printed on it). The "3" tells the voter the code to enter to start the
>cycle. When the ballot prints, a second "3" would be printed just to the
>right of the initial one. The poll worker checks the part sticking out of
>the privacy folder to make sure it has two 3's, not a 3 and a 4.
>The voter can only print one ballot without getting another piece of paper
>from the poll worker, so ballots can be reconciled. Just make sure the
>casting and printing are co-dependent.
>Poll workers could use a special admin program to print the numbers on the
>corners while they are setting up the polls. And if they run out during the
>day, they could just print a few more at any vacant station. This way the
>computers could also track the quantity of each blank style that had been

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