Re: flimsy paper?

From: Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Tue May 10 2005 - 18:19:31 CDT

Hello Jurt and All:
Sounds like 'thermal' paper Kurt like they used to use on fax machines. I remember we were always cautioned to xerox our thermal paper faxes. It also sounded silly to me until one day I left a thermal printed fax on a south facing window still in mid-morning and came back after lunch to find that it had turned completely brown. I wonder if Lara's questioner is thinking about thermal paper? That certainly is flimsy. I wouldn't put it past the DRE vendors to think that a thermal receipt paper would be fine for ballots under glass.
Has anyone seen a ballot under glass printer? I'm wondering how wide the paper is especially if it's going from one roll to the other. I wonder how well they would work with long ballots like California's March, 2004, election? Another good reason to not use such a kludge.
Thanks, Ed Kennedy wrote:

I don't know if this would be called flimsy paper. Perhaps non-archival paper and minimum standards for ink would be closer.
I ate a restaurant once where the cash register had an interesting error in the restaurant's favor. I saved the receipt, intending to write a nasty-gram to chain's corporate HQ, but noticed about 6 months later that the ink had disappeared.
We might want to write something about how long the ballot will be legible.

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-------------- Original message from "Lara Shaffer" <>: -------------- 
> I talked with someone in Ohio who was very adamant that if we used regular 
> printer paper it wouldn't be thick enough and would cause problems (paper 
> jams, scanning problems if the papers were folded or ripped, etc). He 
> suggested we use thicker paper. He was also a big fan of IBM cards and 
> programming the computer to punch a hole instead of print out the name of 
> the person the voter voted for. 
> I promised him I would bring these issues up with the developers, so there 
> you go.... Feel free to respond if you think these are valid concerns. 
> Otherwise, don't worry about it.... 
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