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  •  new hybrid for accessibility AND paper ballot ! (4.00)
           The feds recently certified a touchscreen-opscan hybrid (yes, I kid you not) made by AUTOMARK Technical Systems.

    It's a touchscreen boosted with paper-ballot output for counting that was developed and is now certified at the federal level. It is HAVA compliant — accessible to handicapped, limited mobility, blind, vision-impaired, and foreign-language speaking.

    South Dakota chose the AUTOMARK TS or ATS(www.automarkts.com) last month for upcoming elections.

    Now here's the RUB.  ES&S last year signed a marketing arrangement with ATS, where ES&S has exclusive control of pricing and contracts of sale. However, John Gideon of votersunite.org wrote last month that ES&S is frustrating the demos, commission structure and sales of the Automark machines.

    (Note that even though ES&S is the marketing partner, the op-scan add-on to a touchscreen gets layered over any brand's touchscreen: Sequoia, Diebold, ES&S, for example – according to the company's FAQ section.)

    Anybody wonder why ES&S is smothering the sales of this?  A must read on this, by John Gideon, the information manager of VoteTrustUSA and votersunite.org .

    •  Joan, (none)
      this is some highly important information.  

      As you probably know, in my home state the legislature just signed a deal to have each county make their own choice for HAVA improvements.

      Do you know if Automark is certified in NY?  Also, if Automark is now going to be locked up by this stupid marketing agreement, is there another company waiting in the wings that has manufactured and designed a similar machine.  It seems to me that this solves many if not all of the problems with verification, tabulation and transparency while giving the disabled access.

      P.S. I appreciated your comments below re sampling and statistics.  Tks for the info.

      •  I haven't heard that it is (4.00)
        certified in NY yet, but I did not follow the developments closely in that state.

        However, this article has a couple of very useful contacts, I would imagine, who advocate for OS technology. Including a League of Women Voters official who sounds like she's on your side !

        Fascinating article if you read it through. (It says also that machine makers prefer to sell the more expensive DRE technology instead of op-scan.)

        From what I'm reading also, it seems like these players are trying to elbow the Automark aside:  ES&S, Diebold, state of Utah.  They seem to prefer the old standards.

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