+ Slide 16

Part of a talk delivered to the ITU Workshop on ... issues in E-Government, June 6, 2003, Geneva
by Douglas W. Jones
THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Department of Computer Science


Voting Systems

Optical Mark-Sense Ballots


First Used 1962, Kern City, California

By 2000, 27% use in United States


Advantages over Lever Machines

    Auditable -- marked paper ballot records vote

    No mechanisms needed at precinct

    Fast computerized tabulation at county office

    Optional instant computerized tabulation at precinct

    Ideal for postal voting

    Perceived to be "state of the art" technology



    Need to interpret marginal marks
        smudged erasures
        nonstandard markings

    Handicapped accessibility not obvious
        but this problem can be solved