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Clear Intent Electoral Methodology and System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014980D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Jul-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

We disclose a system that allows a voter to clearly express their intent without changing the location of the voter decision and placing an unfair advantage to candidates who have supporters comfortable with technology. Specifically, the voter simply presses an electronic button to signify a vote. It is then screen verified and printed on a voter ballot that can be electronically read by something such as an optical scanner. The human voter can also verify the vote on the printout in English by looking at the ballot and verifying the vote. There would be no room for error as to the intent. The printed ballot is then submitted to the box and can easily be computer or human counted without compromising the integrity. The decision point for voting remains the ballot box not the computer. This also culturally remains the same as the current system within the US and eliminates any concerns over combining the marking of a vote, casting the vote and tabulating the vote.

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Clear Intent Electoral Methodology and System

    We disclose a system that allows a voter to clearly express their intent without changing the location of the voter decision and placing an unfair advantage to candidates who have supporters comfortable with technology. Specifically, the voter simply presses an electronic button to signify a vote. It is then screen verified and printed on a voter ballot that can be electronically read by something such as an optical scanner. The human voter can also verify the vote on the printout in English by looking at the ballot and verifying the vote. There would be no room for error as to the intent. The printed ballot is then submitted to the box and can easily be computer or human counted without compromising the integrity. The decision point for voting remains the ballot box not the computer. This also culturally remains the same as the current system within the US and eliminates any concerns over combining the marking of a vote, casting the vote and tabulating the vote.

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