Items like those listed below (in Larry’s e-mail) come up from time to time. I think to respond to them, but Ken always responds first, and says exactly what I was thinking. This is one of those times.
I would only respond to Ken on item (2) by saying this: if the AccuVote is logging overrides by printing them on the results tape, there is no particular place for the tape to go. I can conceive of a customer wanting to use the “print message on override” setting, knowing that they override a lot of ballots, and needing a place to allow the tape to go. I don’t consider it advisable, by any means, but it is conceivable.
I, like Frank, am curious. Who wants this? Knowing this is important, I think, to properly considering and prioritizing the request.
Are you talking about doing this for all future ballot boxes produced? If some customer wants this, just work out how much its going to cost, mark it up, and charge them for it. As for everyone else, the question in my mind is not so much "what would be the problems" as "why are we doing this"?
(1) Why do they need access to the yes/no buttons? To save the poll workers from having to unlock the flap to override ballots? Is that really such a big deal? Override should require poll worker intervention, and a key is the natural way to give them that authority.
(2) This one I really don't get. Tell me it is not voter receipts.