Re: Have you ever been a poll worker?

From: Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Mon May 17 2004 - 11:44:14 CDT

Hello Arthur:
 
     That's a great idea! To expand on it, how about a, "Please place your ballot here [under a simple scanner] to start the voting process," routine? Perhaps the hand held scanner could be placed in some sort of plastic or cardboard jig to ease placement? I'd imagine something like a picture or an outline of the otherwise blank ballot showing a generic bar code with the actual scanner head in the right location. A normally sighted voter would slide the ballot into the position shown in outline and the reading of the bar code would initializes the voting cycle. That way the scanner would not have to be attached to the printer. There is the problem of RII folks but perhaps the notched ballot concept would work here as well say with some braile dots. Yes, there is the drawback of another gadget in the voting station and it could be sensitive to lighting conditons. Are you thinking of placing the bar code along the short side?
 
 
Thanks, Ed Kennedy

Arthur Keller <arthur@kellers.org> wrote:
Thanks, Steve, for your very reasoned response to David's taxonomy.

At 10:18 PM -0700 5/16/04, Steve Chessin wrote:
>Also, voters will have to enter the correct party. Some may be tempted
>to enter the wrong party, and will be frustrated when the poll-worker
>rejects their ballot. There will definitely be confusion for the voter
>when among the chocies they see, say, "Democratic" (for registered
>Democrats), "Republican" (for registered Republicans), "NP-Democratic"
>(for Decline To State who want to vote in the Democratic primary), and
>"NP-Republican" (for Decline to State who want to vote in the
>Republican primary). They will have to be told what to enter when they
>are handed their color-coded blank ballot. (It would help if the
>color-coded blank ballot were also pre-printed with the party name, or
>NP for no party.)

If the preprinted ballot had a small bar code on it (in a different
place obviously than the voter's contest selection ballot bar code)
that identified the type of ballot, then a check could be made that
the two bar codes were compatible in the BVA and the BRP.

You might also be able to rig up a scanner underneath the sheet
feeder for the printer that (1) made sure the paper ballot stock was
oriented correctly (could be done with an electric eye, for example)
and (2) automatically read the preprinted ballot bar code and that
"instructed" the EVM which ballot type to select for the voter.

These two steps would considerably reduce errors and the potential
for fraud. Plus, it would reduce the amount of work involved by poll
workers. It would reduce the "San Diego" multiple precinct error
problem as well. It doesn't have a secretary of code problem. It
doesn't have the queuing problem. It requires minimal training of
poll workers, and has minimal extra effort by poll workers.
Furthermore, it reduces the "black box" quality of smart cards. The
main downside, is that my mods to Ellen's idea requires printer
customization.

Best regards,
Arthur

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