Re: Another question: do we want machine-marked ballots for everybody?

From: Joe <joebaker_at_dcresearch_dot_com>
Date: Mon May 25 2009 - 20:45:43 CDT

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How about instead of machine marks, you have two poll workers thumb
print each official ballot so there is a wet ink print. This would
authenticate the document beyond question.

maybe you could have a timestamp below the thumbprint.

- -Joe

Jim March wrote:
> One way to radically drop hardware costs is to have fewer ballot
> marking stations per precinct, and supply most voters with a blank
> ballot that they do their own "fill in the bubble" with. The same two
> or three stations that can provide these blank ballots CAN act as
> ballot printers taking in a blind voter's vote, so whenever a blind or
> otherwise disabled voter comes in, just divert one of the three ballot
> printing stations for their use.
>
> You've now dropped your total number of stations from six-to-ten (per
> precinct) down to three. (And the precinct could run OK on two, so
> you have some hardware redundancy.)
>
> Obviously, you now HAVE to do graphic scanning at the precinct as an
> end-of-day process, with software that then reads the bubble position
> marks. That's not hard. And by dropping the number of PCs, you've
> now more than paid for the precinct graphical scanner device plus one
> or two DVD writers to burn results to.
>
> The reason I'm queasy about machine-marked paper ballots is, well,
> people suck at proof-reading with up to an 80% failure rate - and it
> gets higher the further down the ticket you get (judges, etc.).
>
>>From both a safety and cost perspective, doesn't this make more sense?
>
> Jim
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