Re: Brand new concept in audit trails

From: Jim March <jmarch_at_prodigy_dot_net>
Date: Wed May 04 2005 - 22:41:07 CDT

Ed Kennedy wrote:

> Hello David:
> I'm not sure I've ever seen a device that slits paper along the lines
> discussed below in my local office supply or computer technology
> store. Nor can you just stroll into Staples and get preperforated
> paper that runs through typical printers as far as I know. Sure you
> can take the paper to a good print job shop and have them preperforate
> it, but what a hassle. I know. I've worked as a printer. Why not
> two printers? Ink jet printers are so damm cheap that you could just
> about throw them away after the election.

Because if one printer fails you've broken the audit trail.

In the kind of paper quantity the county elections offices buy, buying
pre-perf ain't a big deal.

What they're doing NOW is 1000x more complex and expensive. Ballots are
printed by ballot printing companies that are themselves "certified" for
that purpose on a standardized card stock and with the text all there as
specified by the counties. Costs oodles of bucks.

Under this model they'd buy a huge batch of blank paper with a
perforation and (optionally) binder holes. It's a bit messier than
buying blank bulk paper but not THAT much worse like the counties are
already used to.

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