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Re: The Ballot Shoe

Perhaps I should have been more specific in my request for ideas.  What I meant was if there were any other ideas on how to deal with the ramifications of thick lines and text on the ballot layout.  My idea about designing a new optical scan system was referring to designing an optical scan system that could handle thick lines and text.
You did bring your idea of a ballot shoe to the right forum.  The people subscribing to the support list are the ones who can help develop the concept.  Keep the creative juices flowing.
I don't know how the ballot shoe helps with the thick line and text issue.  If there is a connection, perhaps someone can help me to understand it.
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To: Support
Sent: Monday, January 17, 2000 5:35 PM
Subject: The Ballot Shoe

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!

Greg Forsythe
Global Election Systems, Inc
24 Hirondelle Place, Ontario M3A 1V8
Phone (416) 446-1383
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