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El Paso Run-Off Election Font Problem

We have had a complaint in El Paso, Texas.  It is alleged that during the
past runoff election on one particular race that the font for one candidate
was some how presented in a different font or type face than the competing
candidate.  Since this candidate lost, she claims unfair advantage to the
winner since it is alleged that his font was larger than hers, thus,
enticing the voter to chose her opponent instead of her.  


I have discussed this with Rodney Turner since he was the Global Support
Representative for this account at the time; and he has looked in GEMS and
assures me that Arial Thin 11 was used for both candidate names.


Question # 1; is it possible that during the download to the R4 units that
this font may have been changed by the Ballot Station software when it was
rendering the GEMS originate font or type face?


Question # 2; is there a way to make sure that what was sent as a font type
was indeed what was rendered on the Ballot Station with out just by eyeball
alone.  Since this is what has created the dilemma in the first place by
someone who has made the assumption that it is different just because that
is what they perceived by looking on the screen, I would like to be in our
explanation to El Paso, a bit more scientific about this.  Specially that we
are waiting for them to sign a county wide order for three (3) million
dollars soon, (I hope).


If this goes to court we may have to prove that it is the same.  I will
arrive on site on Monday the 15th and I will get a copy of the GEMS data
base and a copy of a ballot station disc files to send as a follow-up to
this bug track.


We need to defuse this ASAP.  Please respond, thanks.



Juan A. Rivera

Diebold Election Systems

(214) 335-3478



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