Re: Printers Revisited

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Sat May 22 2004 - 14:19:50 CDT

>> I do not believe there is any reason why this is a requirement. FWIW,
>> many printers that do maintain collation order don't emit pages face
>> down. Moreover, collation of a job is often handled by reversing the
>> print order
> It helps assure privacy of the ballot. Otherwise a booth is needed.
> It is not clear that all DRE's are administered in booths.

I'm not -opposed- to face down printing, but there are *many* different
ways to address the privacy issue. Certainly booths, or
curtains/cardboard walls/etc around the printer, are another way. But
another simple protection is to use a printer with an output tray.

For example, the printer on my desk is a HP LJ-6L. Doing a quick
search, I found a picture of a 5L, which is (close to) identical
mechanically and in external shape.

In this printer (and in many others), pages are emitted into a bin
similar to the input bin, with pages facing backwards, in collated
order. No one standing more than a couple feet away (and even then,
only from a specific angle towards the back of the printer) could see a
ballot in the output tray. You can flip a mechanical switch to emit
pages out the slot at bottom (face up), but usually that is used for
envelopes or thicker stock (which may be necessary anyway, depending on
our paper selection--if we were to use this model).

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