Re: Brand new concept in audit trails

From: Jim March <jmarch_at_prodigy_dot_net>
Date: Wed May 04 2005 - 16:06:49 CDT

Cameron L. Spitzer wrote:

>It seems to me we jumped from "two copies of the ballot"
>to "carbons" or "two printers" a little too fast.
>Print two identical images of the same ballot on the same
>sheet of paper, side by side, portrait mode. If the printer
>jams you lose both images and you have to print it again.
>The ballot is cast as one sheet of paper into one ballot
>box. They're sliced in half at tabulation time.
>You could even scan and tabulate both images, and detect
>scanner errors, and slice them in half after tabulation.


Ohhhhkay, I'm not against this. In fact, we could use sheets of paper
in low-end laser printers that are already perforated down the middle
and have binder-ring holes already in place.

My sole concern is, can we fit enough text on half a sheet?

I suspect so if we chop the margins down to .5" or so on each half-page
sheet. Avante manages to get a decent paper trail on a 4" wide strip
about a foot long tops, and the screwed-up Sequoia "sequencial roll"
paper trail is similar. So heck yeah, half-sheets would be OK.

Only thing missing is the secondary paper color biggie.

Yeah. I *like* it, with the proviso that we use fine perforations
versus making the counties buy a "bulk cutter" which would cost more?
(Actually, either way will work.)

Here's what I think the ideal paper would look like:

Note that with perforations, we print some sort of random graphic design
(fractal generated from a random number? random snippet from a huge
low-res graphics file?) right smack along the perforation edge, so you
could forever confirm that the two halves came from the same source whole!

Hell yes. And now we're using high-reliability laser printers, or
inkjet if y'all prefer, still works OK...

Oh yeah. HELL yeah.

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