Abstract: A secure ballot collection system is formed of a removable container that may be positioned within a voting machine and used for collecting paper ballots as they are cast. The container itself is capable of being sealed after removal from the voting machine to ensure the security of the paper ballots. The removable container is placed on a raised floor platform that is also positioned within the interior of the voting machine. The platform provides easy access to the interior of the voting machine from a side opening and allows for the ballot container bag to be located at a height where it is relatively straightforward for an election official to place an “empty” container bag at the beginning of the voting process, and also remove a “filled” container bag at some point in time thereafter.
June 17, 2020
January 7, 2021
A. Rifkin Co.
Paul D. Lantz, Donald R. Casterline, Christopher M. Buck
Abstract: A ballot depository is provided having a baffle which includes a base frame engaging member, a stabilizing member, and a slot obstructing member. In a preferred form, the stabilizing member is supported by at least one of a slot guide, a base frame guide, or a trough, preferably supported by two of the three, and most preferably supported by all three.
Abstract: A security pouch for carrying confidential documents or other valuables from a sending to a remote receiving station, the pouch being adapted to inform its receiver whether at some point in the course of transit, the pouch had been intercepted and opened and then reclosed. The pouch is provided with closure means, a locking mechanism which when locked engages the closure means and secures the documents within the pouch, and an electronic module operatively coupled to this mechanism. The electronic module includes a random number generator, an elapsed time measuring unit and an LCD display to present the number and the elapsed time. When at the sending station, the sender locks the pouch containing the documents, this action triggers the generator to produce and display a random number. And it also resets the elapsed time unit which then proceeds to count time.
Abstract: A high-security brief case book in which a case is integrated with a loose-leaf binder whose loose-leaf sheets are he pages of the book. The case is defined by front and rear covers of flexible material such as leather, whose inner edges are hinged to opposing edges of a flat spine. Mounted on the spine is a holder having a series of rings adapted to engage the loose-leaf sheets. The upper end of the holder is spaced from the corresponding end of the spine to provide a site on which is anchored a key-operated locking mechanism whose keyhole lies in a plane normal to the plane of the flat spine whereby only the keyhole is exposed when the book is closed. The lower end of the holder is spaced from the corresponding end of the spine to provide a site on which is secured the leading end of a slide fastener whose trailing end is adjacent the locking mechanism.
Abstract: A transponder system for monitoring and logging depository transactions in which bags loaded with funds to be deposited in a bank are put, one at a time, into a bank inlet hopper from which the bags drop through a chute into a vault. Incorporated in each bag is a tag in the form of a passive transponder adapted to receive a radio-frequency interrogation signal and to retransmit the signal as a coded signal defining a number identifying the bag. Installed in the vault is a transceiver that transmits the interrogation signal in a confined radiation field within the vault, the field being intercepted only when a tagged bag falls into the vault or is withdrawn from the vault. When the field is intercepted by a tagged bag, its transponder picks up the interrogation signal and transmits to the transceiver the coded signal identifying the bag.
Abstract: A trolley and bag assembly adapted to transport hanger-hung garments on overhead rails from an initial point to other points, the bag protectively shrouding the transported garments. The trolley includes a pair of rolling sheaves that ride on the rails and a spaced pair of side arms depending from the sheaves to support a horizontal load bar onto which is hooked a set of hanger-hung garments. Bridging the side arms is a retractable hold-down bar which when raised above the load bar then permits the hangers to be hooked onto the load bar, and when lowered then clamps the hooks of the hangers so that the garments cannot be dislodged from the trolley.
July 24, 1996
Date of Patent:
December 16, 1997
A. Rifkin & Co.
Arnold S. Rifkin, George W. Williams, John Hutnick
Abstract: A tamper-proof security ballot pouch adapted to store ballots deposited therein and to prevent their unauthorized removal. The pouch includes a fabric bag in whose upper section is sewn a pair of parallel rods defining an entry slot to admit one ballot at a time. Depending from the upper section is a fabric chute creating a narrow open channel between the entry slot and the bag interior whereby a ballot inserted in the entry slot must pass through the channel before being deposited in the bag. Because the chute is flexible, when a ballot is inserted in the entry slot and advances into the narrow channel of the chute it then straightens out the chute, so that the channel is then in axial alignment with the entry slot. But once the ballot is deposited in the bag, its unauthorized exit through the entry slot is prevented by the chute, for regardless of how the pouch is manipulated, the deposited ballot cannot back track through the channel.
Abstract: A flag display device for mounting a flag or pennant to the exterior surface of a vehicle, such as a windshield, window, or roof includes a flag staff having a flag affixed at one end and an annular base member at the opposite end. A suction cup depends from the base member for securing the flag display device to the surface. The base member also has a plurality of flexible legs radially extending from the annular ring to the surface which engage the surface at individual, separate and distinctly spaced contact points adjacent an outer perimeter of the suction cup when the suction cup is depressed, so that a force applied to the flag staff is transferred to the surface through the individual leg contact points and the suction cup and the flag staff remains stable even when wind forces are applied to the flag and flag staff. The flag display device further includes a mounting member for securing the flag staff to the base member.
April 26, 1994
Date of Patent:
January 16, 1996
A. Rifkin Co.
Albert Kolvites, Robert J. Cohn, Paul J. Angeloni
Abstract: A flexible-wall lockable container for securing valuables. The lockable container includes a container and a locking member. The container includes an interior portion, an access opening, and a closure member. The closure member has an open position permitting access to the interior portion of the container, and a closed position where the closure member closes the access opening. The locking member includes a body and a retainer member slidably attached to the body. The retainer member has a locked position with respect to the body for locking the closure member in the closed position and an unlocked position for allowing the closure member to move between the closed and open positions. The body includes a receiver having two lower lugs extending from the receiver. The retainer member includes a flange having two upper lugs extending from the flange.
Abstract: A flexible-walled security container has an opening provided with a fastener slidable along edges of the opening and a locking mechanism to releasably retain the slider in a position closing the container. The locking mechanism includes a body supporting a receiver with a recess in an upper surface thereof to receive the slider and a retainer closable on the received slider. Lugs at one end of the recess prevent slide removal of the slider. Gaps are formed along the upper surface between the lugs and a supporting wall of the body. A clip is provided to snap onto the receiver. Arms of the clip cover the gaps between the lugs and the supporting wall of the body. The clip is configured to conform closely to the receiver so as not to protrude discernably into the container.