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Sent: Friday, May 18, 2001 8:19 AM
Subject: RE: Maximum Capacity of Ballots
in Ballot Box
When the ballot box was first
tested in 1990, the quantity with neatly stacked flat (i.e., not folded)
ballots was 1700 per bin. We therefore quoted 1500 per bin (gave
ourselves a little headroom). Since we have had ten years of experience,
the appropriate amount is 1000 per bin. Some disgruntled folks will
probably respond with less. It is dependant on the ballot length.
The 18" ballots tend to stack more neatly than the 14" ballots, and so
on. All of these capacity numbers are based on having a deflector inside
the ballot box. The deflector and the paper stops on the side of the
bins make an attempt to neatly stack the ballots to efficiently use the space
(Ancient Chinese Secret). Even then, some of the ballots may dive into
the bin and sit on edge or start forming a tent, effectively reducing the
capacity of the bin. The 11" ballots love to do this.(Am I
anthropomorphizing paper again?)
If you take the deflector out, then
your guess is as good as anyone's. Dynabec (dealer in Quebec, Canada)
special ordered 50 ballot boxes without the deflector. Nel Finberg
was in close contact with Richard Joyal (Dynabec). Perhaps he knows of
their experience with that ballot box's capacity.
BTW: Juan, was your ' 12"
ballot ' reference a typo?
Thursday, May 17, 2001 12:04 PM
Capacity of Ballots in Ballot Box
This is a general
question to all.
Has anyone done a study or test on the actual
capacity of the Accuvote
Ballot Box in term of how many ballots it will
I am writing a justification letter for the Senate Budget
committee to use
as part of the proposed change in the electoral law to
authorize the use of
Optical Scanners in Puerto Rico. I need to come
up with a number of ballots
of different sizes, (i.e. 12", 14" 18"), and
the maximum amount that a
ballot box can hold for each size or mixed
sizes. This also needs to be
broken down to a figure with the sorter
installed and another figure for the
actual study has never been done, can anyone give me a real life
numbers for the above questions? Please be conservative since
rather have them be happily surprised rather than disappointed later in
Thanks for any and all input...