Thanks for the heads up. We have had quite a few discussions about how we would do this, but as you noted, the solution will vary greatly depending on the answers to your questions (Allowed to touch it? Allowed to see it? Required to see it? Etc). Keep us informed and feel free to call me if you want to discuss it.
From: Steve Knecht [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2003 6:03 PM
Subject: Ballot Receipt Printer NOW required in California
The new Secretary of State just announced that he supports touch screen
vendors being required to print a receipt. This has major implications for
our new unit. He is only convening a task force at this point, so we don't
know the answers to questions like:
We don't know whether the voter would be allowed to touch the receipt.
We dont' know whether the voter will be allowed to see the receipt.
If voters know that a printed receipt is there, I believe there will be
demand to see it. I am suggesting that R7 development and design folks
begin having some discussions on various scenarios of a printed ballot
receipt and how we could "hide" the receipt from the voter if necessary or
keep them from touching if it comes to that.
Clearly, we can't begin design on anything until we know the parameters. On
the other hand, we will be asked for input, and we should have some well
conceived input, vs. myself or frank or deborah speaking for development.
Yes, another bad idea, brought to you by our elected politicians.