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.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

November election update

As of the end of Friday, November 14th, we've scanned 62,000 sides, or 31,000 ballots. That's roughly half of this election's ballots. We are scanning on Saturday and hope to complete scanning by midweek, at a rate of approximately 1,000 ballots per hour. Preliminary vote counts from the scanned images should be available by the end of the week.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

November election

We started scanning the election of November 4th on Friday, November 7. As of the end of Saturday November 8th, we had scanned approximately five thousand ballots, about eight percent of the total. We'll continue scanning throughout the coming week. It should take approximately 65 hours of scanning to complete the election. We are only given ballots to scan after the registrar has reconciled a precinct's ballot count with its signature log. We hope to have ballot images available before Thanksgiving.