Re: Printers Revisited

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Mon May 24 2004 - 11:27:25 CDT

"Edmund R. Kennedy" <ekennedyx@yahoo.com> wrote:
|I have to say, that's enough paranoid stuff.

If you think you're paranoid enough, you're not...

|As I've previously mentioned, I've been looking at ink jet printers for
|other purposes and I haven't yet seen one that doesn't present the
|output face up.

There are definitely some, based both on ones I've owned, and browsing
online office stores yesterday. But the majority have the paper path I
described.

| Also, if we're using partially preprinted ballots as some have
|discussed, that requires the voter to put the ballot in 'up side or face
|down' which would be even more confusing.

Again, I mentioned what I think is the best idea (as did Ellen). Make
the ballot stock orientatation-independent. I.e. print the party name
in four corner, two on each side. Then a voter can't insert paper
wrong.

If we decide we want the ballot stock approach to party ballots, then
voters (or poll workers) need to load individual sheets into printers.
That's another usuability issue to consider. In my experience, this
requirement favors inkjets: lasers often require slide out paper trays
and/or confusing special feed mechanisms.
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