Security markings on the ballot

From: Alan Dechert <adechert_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Wed Oct 22 2003 - 14:22:04 CDT

Part of the scheme I have envisioned to prevent counterfeit ballots involves
using images as watermarks. These images could be varied so that ballots
produced on a particular PC on Election Day could be easy to distinguish
visually from other ballots, and there would be no way for a prospective
forger to know how they would appear on the ballot.

I did a little experimenting with a couple of images I sent to you. I put
American flag centered near the top so that the heading ("OFFICIAL BALLOT,
GENERAL ELECTION" etc) is over the background image of the flag. I put a
Wright Bros picture around the middle and lower half of the page. I like
the way this looks.

FYI, I posted it here (in Word 97 format):

I used these images:

I've posted this to give an idea what I'm talking about. For the demo, we
don't necessarily need to incorporate code to mix up the images.

I am hoping Jan can incorporate this into his ballot printing routine.

-- Alan D.
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