Thursday, November 12, 2009

November 3rd election, scanning in progress

We've started scanning ballots from the November 3rd election. Due to the horribly light turnout, we're almost done.

This election is using Hart ballots and equipment, rather than Diebold/Premier.

A couple of technical items...

First, the Hart ballots are rounded on the upper left corner (when viewing the front side). This makes it much easier to ensure that all ballots are properly oriented. Second, the Hart ballots are on a paper stock that seems about the same weight as office paper, while the Diebold/Premier were on card stock. The regular paper weight has substantially reduced our mis-feed rate.

I'm hoping to be able to run Ballot Browser to generate independent counts early next week.