Well you asked for it! -
If there are any other ideas, please feel free to comment. I've already got dibs on the "design a new optical scan system" idea. So come up with something else more creative.
Would it be practical to come up with something like a ballot shoe similar to the dealer's shoe used in gaming establishments? Surely with the thousands of ballots used in L&A testing, let alone absentee & recounts, a simple device that could be operated with one of those "sticky fingers" and a little rubber as a separator could be extremely useful. Hand feeding even three or four hundred ballots is a real chore. Steve Ricke mentioned the old style hand cranked duplicating machines. Imagine putting a stack of ballots in one of those and cranking them through.
Okay - fire the rocks!