Saturday, April 24, 2004

Time for Action - Saturday, April 24, 2004 8:41 AM Al to Belinda


Your note says that you have seen the DRE. Have you seen any device like the AutoMARK "paper ballot vote marking device"?

1. This type of device prints your votes on your official paper ballot. It does not create any electronic record of your vote, and it does not create a secondary receipt.

2. The full ballot text is printed on every paper ballot, not just a summary of votes.

3. The same paper ballot can be used for early, precinct, provisional or absentee voting.

4. Because there is only one form of ballot, the same counting system is used to count all the votes. There is no separate counting system for absentee ballots.

5. The key operational difference between the DRE and the "paper ballot vote marking device" (VMD) is where the official record of vote is recorded. The DRE records the votes in computer memory and the VMD records the votes on a paper ballot.

6. As a blind voter, can you identify and help me to understand any problems created for a blind voter when votes are recorded on paper rather than in computer memory?