Tuesday, November 18, 2008

46,000 ballots and counting

As of this morning, we've scanned approximately 46,000 ballots. The elections department is still counting absentee ballots delivered to precincts, provisional ballots, and others. We'll hold off on the last of the scanning until the elections department has completed their process with these ballots.

We've found that a team of two, using our Fujitsu production scanner, can process about 1,000 ballots per hour. Because we can only imprint a serial number on one side as we scan a ballot, we've been running each ballot through the scanner twice. That is, we could probably operate at closer to 2,000 ballots scanned per hour if we were willing to use the scanner's duplex output and live with one imprint per ballot.