Voting Machine Patents (Class 235/386)
  • Patent number: 10832336
    Abstract: Provided is a process of using simulated consumer profiles to construction calibration data from a pricing analytics application having a relatively high dimensional input parameter space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Insurance Zebra Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Dziabiak, Adam Lyons, Meetesh Karia, Matthew Stephens, Omri Buzi
  • Patent number: 10832510
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and methods for ballot style validation are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Tally LLC
    Inventor: Scott Leiendecker
  • Patent number: 10789573
    Abstract: A method and system for streamlining a voting process performed by a web application is provided. As the web application may require that a voting action is effectuated after the user is registered to vote and also has supplied valid credentials, the web application is configured to receive credentials of the user stored by a second web application, e.g., a web-based social networking application. Subsequent to receiving the credentials of the user stored by the second web application, the web application processes the request to effectuate voting process by registering the user to vote and storing the vote information for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Hemal Doshi, Nausher Ahmed Cholavaram, Deval Dudhia, Om Prakash Kannusami, Balakrishna Shanka
  • Patent number: 10779044
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, articles of manufacture, and methods for viewer authentication are disclosed. An example system includes a comparator to access audio metering data received from a user device and determine a level of exposure of a user of the user device to a program based on the audio metering data. The example system also includes a calculator to determine a weighting score based on the level of exposure. In addition, the example system includes a tallier to access voting data received from the user device for a ballot presented in the program and scale the voting data based on the weighting score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Wendell D. Lynch
  • Patent number: 10734451
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electroluminescent display device comprising a substrate, a circuit device layer including a signal line on the substrate, a bank defining a first emission area and a second emission area on the circuit device layer, and a first emission layer in the first emission area, and a second emission layer in the second emission area, wherein the first emission area is overlapped with the signal line, and a width of the first emission area is the same as or less than a width of the signal line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: LG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: EunJi Park, Sungman Han, Kihyung Lee
  • Patent number: 10621804
    Abstract: The present application relates to one or more tools for a ballot counting tool that comprises a predetermined number of fields for receiving ballot sheets to the predetermined number of fields respectively; and one or more catches or binders for attaching the ballot sheets to their respective fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Jack Teo Cheng Chuah
  • Patent number: 10573111
    Abstract: An electronic voting system is described that utilizes printed vote records (PVRs) in which a voter's vote selections are recorded in voter readable characters. Optical character recognition (OCR) techniques may then be utilized to scan the PVR to record the voter's selections. The OCR data is then utilized to generate the cast vote record. Thus, the electronic voting system directly interprets the voter selections from the PVR just as the voter sees the data. In this manner “what you see is what you get” printed vote record data is provided for a voter's viewing and that same data is used to generate the cast vote record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Hart InterCivic, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Canter, Drew E. Tinney, Ievgen Konovalenko
  • Patent number: 10528879
    Abstract: A method for autonomic group decision making may include presenting a plurality of decision options and receiving at least one decision option selected by each decision maker. A decision result may be presented including an indication of the preference for each option. Each decision maker may be allowed to revise the previously selected option for convergence to a single decision option for the group. An impedance score is determined for each decision maker in response to a decision maker selecting a different decision option. The impedance score may be based on one or more actions by the decision maker regarding selecting the decision option. A level of the impedance score indicates either progress toward or away from convergence. The impedance score may be revised each time a revised option is selected. The single decision option may be presented in response to the decision makers converging on the single decision option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Velda Bartek, Eric Leonard Masselle, Patrick Gabriel McGowan
  • Patent number: 10467837
    Abstract: A local electronic voting network configured as a daisy chain network is provided. Each network device may include a switch for routing and propagating voting network communications. A TCP/IP protocol over Ethernet based connections may be used. Voting devices may include a relay configured such that in case of power down of a voting device the relay shunts the communications down the network. Multiple input/output ports may be provided on network devices and a physical port blocker is provided to block unused ports. A network controller may include a display screen which utilizes a graphical user interface to display status information regarding individual ones of the voting devices that are coupled to the voting network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hart InterCivic, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Blachman, James M. Canter, Carlos A. Gomez
  • Patent number: 10445964
    Abstract: Secure and auditable consolidation of results of an electoral process, in which local electoral authorities participate to validate local electoral results by generating a validation proof, which is communicated to a consolidation module that verifies that the validation proof has been generated by the appropriate electoral authorities and then generates a receiving proof, which contains the result of the validation, which could be the acceptance or non-acceptance of the validation proof. The receiving proof is finally sent to the electoral authorities. There are different ways of generating the validation and receiving proofs so as to be able to robustly verify the identity of the local electoral authorities who have participated in the validation of the electoral results and to verify if the validated local electoral results are the same that are going to be consolidated and to preserve integrity of the official records of the local electoral results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Sctyl Secure Electronic Voting, SA
    Inventors: Pere Vallès Fontanals, Jordi Puiggalí Allepuz, Victor Morales Rocha
  • Patent number: 10388097
    Abstract: A system may facilitate a distributed ledger technology (DLT) record based (for example, blockchain-based) auditing. A node configured to support an auditor role may access a ballot to determine answers and one or more voter transactions to determine committed tokens conferred to the answers. The auditor may access summation information for the committed tokens to facilitate comparison to a voter token acting as a source token for the committed tokens. Without necessarily gaining knowledge of the vote-value conferred by the individual committed tokens, the auditor may compare the committed tokens as a sum to the voter token and confirm that the sum of the committed tokens is consistent with the voter token. The auditor may generate an indication of the result of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: Accenture Global Solutions Limited, DSX Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Aleksandr Nikolaevich Ivanov, Aleksei Vladimirovich Kazennov, Georgii Valerievich Mavchun, Mikhail Rymanov, Peter de Rooij, John Velissarios
  • Patent number: 10348656
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and devices for presentation of display device notifications and key handling. The notifications are visually appealing, employing a common theme and user interface. The notifications are less-intrusive, such that the user experience is improved. The notifications can provide additional information, function as links to destinations, and give the user multiple options, from which the user can make a selection. Actions taken by a user can be controlled and monitored to optimize user interaction with the notifications. By providing display device notifications to a user, the user is able to process important information on a display device in an improved way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: Jamdeo Canada Ltd., Hisense USA Corp., Qingdao Hisense Elecronics Co., Ltd., Hisense International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sanjiv Sirpal, Mohammed Selim, Alexander De Paz, Saulo Dourado, Tong Chen, Gregory Burdzinski
  • Patent number: 10198889
    Abstract: A non-volatile memory system adapted for securely registering votes within a voting system is described. The votes are encoded as a set of logically grouped cells based on a voter's selection of an item. The encoding assures that the votes are easily distinguishable by a read circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: JONKER LLC
    Inventor: David Liu
  • Patent number: 10186102
    Abstract: Voter-generated ballots created using consumer-grade printers are remade to ballots scannable by specialized ballot scanners. The voter-generated ballots include a machine-readable indicia, such as a two-dimensional barcode, that encodes ballot information. The ballot information includes choices made by the voter and information for use in remaking the ballot. Voters wish to submit their votes using printouts from non-specialized printers such as those found at their homes or offices; yet election officials wish to tabulate votes using scanners that require specialized, high-quality ballots. The disclosed systems and methods bridge this gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Everyone Counts, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Contorer, Sean Mostafavi, Jim Goode, Elan Kaplan, Carolyn Hicks, Jon Thomason
  • Patent number: 10178200
    Abstract: In some implementations, a mobile device can be configured to monitor environmental, system and user events associated with the mobile device and/or a peer device. The occurrence of one or more events can trigger adjustments to system settings. The mobile device can be configured to keep frequently invoked applications up to date based on a forecast of predicted invocations by the user. In some implementations, the mobile device can receive push notifications associated with applications that indicate that new content is available for the applications to download. The mobile device can launch the applications associated with the push notifications in the background and download the new content. In some implementations, before running an application or communicating with a peer device, the mobile device can be configured to check energy and data budgets and environmental conditions of the mobile device and/or a peer device to ensure a high quality user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan J. Andrews, Daniel Ben Pollack, Hue Duc Tran, Joao Pedro Forjaz de Lacerda
  • Patent number: 10147259
    Abstract: Automated entry of voting selections that were properly marked on the paper ballot during ballot adjudication. A ballot processing system is configured to generate an optical, machine-readable code that includes data representative of the voting selections for all contests that were properly marked on the paper ballot. An electronic voting system is configured to read the code and present to the election official only contests having improper markings on the paper ballot (i.e., requiring adjudication).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Election Systems & Software, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Dvorak
  • Patent number: 10109129
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, are provided for express voting. In some example embodiments, there is provided a method for express voting. The method may include authenticating a voter based on a token carried by a user equipment, the token mapped to at least one of an identity of the voter, a precinct of the voter, and a ballot for the voter; and providing, when the authenticating indicates the voter is authorized to vote, the ballot presented on the user equipment. Related systems, methods, and articles of manufacture are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Everyone Counts, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric James Joyce, Craig Harold Reines, Anthony Kelly
  • Patent number: 10050786
    Abstract: A method allows a random sample of a large population of voters to cast votes and for both the unpredictability/un-manipulability of the sample selection and the integrity of the tally to be verified by any interested parties using public information. The problem of vote selling is addressed. Also, a variant allows voters to remain substantially anonymous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: David Chaum
  • Patent number: 10019862
    Abstract: The system and method providing enhanced security ballot image records of the present invention includes an enhanced security ballot image tabulator and an enhanced security ballot image audit station. The tabulator processes each ballot of a plurality of ballots to be tabulated to provide an enhanced security ballot image record having diachronically and synchronically coordinated enhanced security ballot image files, each for another ballot of the plurality of ballots to be tabulated. The enhanced security ballot image record may be broadcast upon completion of tabulation and/or simulcast real time during tabulation or otherwise provided such as on a secure media upon completion of tabulation to the public or other parties interested in the tabulation of cast votes. The enhanced security audit station receives the enhanced security ballot image record and analyzes it to selectively identify out-of-bounds diachronic and/or synchronic security parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: James McNeel Keller
  • Patent number: 9940603
    Abstract: A processor identifies that at least one value of a primary shortage metric triggers an exception to a rule. The processor retrieves a list of items that have a non-zero value for the primary shortage metric and retrieves at least one secondary shortage metric value for each item in the list of items. The processor then generates report data for a report that includes at least one item in the list of items and the values of the first and second shortage metrics for the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Caven, Brad Fiala, Zaheer Lari, Nikesh Suthar, Namit Chauhan, Siddharth Dixit, Rituparna Chakraborty, Atul Goel
  • Patent number: 9894089
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for generating term frequencies of known terms based on crowdsourced differentially private sketches of the known terms. An asset catalog can be updated with new frequency counts for known terms based on the crowdsourced differentially private sketches. Known terms can have a classification. A client device can maintain a privacy budget for each classification of known terms. Classifications can include emojis, deep links, locations, finance terms, and health terms, etc. A privacy budget ensures that a client does not transmit too much information to a term frequency server, thereby compromising the privacy of the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Abhradeep Guha Thakurta, Andrew H. Vyrros, Umesh S. Vaishampayan, Gaurav Kapoor, Julien Freudinger, Vipul Ved Prakash, Arnaud Legendre, Steven Duplinsky
  • Patent number: 9864717
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an electronic device that includes a lower device configured to process local input/output communications between the electronic device and a host, wherein the lower device is stateless. The electronic device also includes a memory comprising a data flow identifier used to associate a data flow resource of the host with a data flow resource corresponding to the lower device. A data packet sent from the lower device to the host includes the data flow identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventor: Michael R Krause
  • Patent number: 9836908
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to blockchain technology. Specifically, this invention relates to adapting blockchain technology for the storage of voting data in an electronic voting system. The system includes a distributed network of voting machines in communication with each other. Each voting machine has a barcode scanner, a network communications device and a computer system running a voting client. Votes are received through the barcode scanner or a voter interface system and stored securely on a blockchain. The tally for various candidates in the election is updated and stored as each vote is received and counted. This creates an auditable trail of votes and the tally which can be used to detect, correct, and prevent fraud and error in the vote counting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventors: Nikolaos Spanos, Andrew R. Martin, Eric T. Dixon
  • Patent number: 9746334
    Abstract: A device may determine a lead vehicle identifier and a follow vehicle identifier associated with navigating to a destination. The device may determine a plurality of device identifiers associated with the lead vehicle identifier or the follow vehicle identifier, identifying a plurality of devices. The device may determine navigation information. The device may provide the navigation information to a navigation device associated with a vehicle identifier. The device may receive a request to modify the navigation information. The device may determine a modification option. The device may provide the modification option to the plurality of devices for voting. The device may receive one or more voting responses. The device may determine a result of the voting based on the one or more voting responses. The device may provide, to the navigation device, an instruction associated with navigating to the destination based on the result of the voting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Amit Mahajan
  • Patent number: 9740990
    Abstract: This invention is a method and system for reserving and controlling access to products and services at a remote location via a communications network. In one or more embodiment, a user uses a client computer to select desired products and services. The system returns a price offer for the packaged products and services. Upon acceptance of the price offer, the selection of products and services is forwarded to an operations center for the building of an event regarding the redemption of the products and services. The system allocates a time frame for the redemption of each of the products and services as well as determining the order of redemption, based on polling a plurality of users desiring the same products and services in an event. The information generated by the operation center is then forwarded to a location for the redemption of the products and services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Starlight LLC
    Inventor: Jennifer Watkins
  • Patent number: 9699431
    Abstract: One variation of a method for monitoring an object during a presentation, includes: initiating capture of a video with a camera defining a field of view, the camera arranged on a first side of a mobile computing device supported on a base device; generating a position signal defining a position of the remote device relative to the camera; in response to wirelessly receiving a first input selection from the remote device, indexing through digital slide content rendered on a display arranged on the first side of the mobile computing device; in response wirelessly receiving sensor data from a remote device coupled to the object, generating an event tag including a timestamp; and generating a multimedia stream including the video, the position signal data, digital slide content, the first input selection, and the event tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Satarii, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Whitney Lamb, Vladimir Tetelbaum, Eran Steinberg
  • Patent number: 9652920
    Abstract: The invention provides a voting system based on smart mobile communication devices. It comprises at least one smart mobile communication device, at least one server device, a client module, and a server module. The client module is installed on the smart mobile communication device and it is used for temporarily saving the voter's information, submitting identity verification request, showing voting inquiries, and submitting votes. The server module is installed on the server device and it is used for storing the voter's information, verifying the voter's registration and identity, issuing and verifying the voting certificate, creating and publishing the voting affair, and calculating and publishing the voting contents statistics. The client module and the server module perform digital communications through a mobile communication network. The invention also provides a voting method based on smart mobile communication device. According to this invention, voting can be safe, convenient and fast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Zhuhai Zaizhou Software Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lihao Chen
  • Patent number: 9619956
    Abstract: Voter-generated ballots created using consumer-grade printers are remade to ballots scannable by specialized ballot scanners. The voter-generated ballots include a machine-readable indicia, such as a two-dimensional barcode, that encodes ballot information. The ballot information includes choices made by the voter and information for use in remaking the ballot. Voters wish to submit their votes using printouts from non-specialized printers such as those found at their homes or offices; yet election officials wish to tabulate votes using scanners that require specialized, high-quality ballots. The disclosed systems and methods bridge this gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Everyone Counts, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Contorer, Sean Mostafavi, Jim Goode, Elan Kaplan, Carolyn Hicks, Jon Thomason
  • Patent number: 9358761
    Abstract: A multilayer paper system that allows a user to write or fill in forms while non-users are unable to see what is written through the use of a first layer privacy screen with embedded micro-louvers, a second color change layer with microencapsulated dye, and a stylus type pen that causes color change to occur on the second layer while reducing the ability for those next to or around the person to discern what is written on the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: Max Brickman
  • Patent number: 9311581
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and method for entering into a computer in an automated manner the fulfillment status of requirements for completing an objective, such as an award offered by an organization. A computer-readable form includes a form identifier and a separate set of response fields for each person whose requirement fulfillment status is contained on the form, with the response fields adapted to receive a scanably detectable mark indicating completion of a requirement. The form can further include an indicator of each requirement for the objective and a name or identifier for each person seeking to complete the objective. A completion schema may be employed to determine whether a person had completed the objective. The invention enables the completion status of an award or other objective to be entered into a computer without typing and thereby saves personnel time, improves recordkeeping, and better facilitates reporting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Daniel W. Shinn
  • Patent number: 9202113
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are described for adjudicating votes made on voter-marked paper ballots. Voter-marked paper ballots may be scanned to obtain optical image data of the voter-marked paper ballots. The optical image may be analyzed to determine the votes contained in the ballot for tabulation purposes. One or more votes on the ballot may be identified as requiring adjudication by an election official. Adjudication information, according to various embodiments, is appended to the optical images of the voter-marked paper ballots such that the image of the ballot and the image of the adjudication information may be viewed in an optical image. The optical image may be stored in a file format that allows the ballot image and the appended adjudication information to be viewed using readily available image viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Dominion Voting Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James Hoover, Justin Bales, Steven Bennett, Eric Coomer, Sean Dean, Geneice Mathews, Benjamin Rice
  • Patent number: 9171292
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product for electronic delivery of regulated shareholder communications to registered electronic mail client accounts. A signed regulated shareholder communication electronic mail is generated by a proxy platform server computer and the electronic mail is transmitted to an electronic mail address inbox of a client computer. An active content associated with the shareholder communication is delivered by the proxy platform server computer when the shareholder communication is opened by a user on the client computer. The user is authenticated by the proxy platform server computer. A voting ballot is delivered by the platform server computer to the authenticated user's opened shareholder communication. The ballot votes submitted from the opened shareholder communication by the user are recorded in a proxy platform server computer voting database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: INVeSHARE, Inc.
    Inventor: Rahul Sharma
  • Patent number: 9087422
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a voter list which includes a key identifier, and receiving a plurality of different types of ballot images. A control program, which operates a computer, is used to form a side file which associates the ballot images with the voter list, wherein the control program selects a ballot image, in response to the key identifier, which corresponds to a selected voter of the voter list. A print job, which includes the selected ballot image, is formed. The print job is printed to form an unused ballot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventors: Robert K. Runbeck, Valentino F. Guyett, John W. Latsko
  • Patent number: 9064192
    Abstract: A non-volatile memory system adapted for securely registering votes within a voting system is described. The votes are encoded as a set of logically grouped cells based on a voter's selection of an item. The encoding assures that the votes are easily distinguishable by a read circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Jonker LLC
    Inventor: David Liu
  • Patent number: 8991701
    Abstract: A voting system includes an accessible voting station and a tabulation device. The accessible voting station presents an audio ballot to a voter and receives one or more voting selections entered in response to the audio ballot from the voter. The accessible voting station also prints a ballot that includes the entered voting selections and scans at least a portion of the ballot to determine the voting selections printed thereon. The accessible voting station further presents an audio representation of the scanned voting selections to the voter and receives a confirmation of the audio representation of the scanned voting selections from the voter. The tabulation device tabulates the voting selections printed on the ballot by scanning the printed ballot or receiving voting selection information extracted from the printed ballot from the accessible voting station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Election Systems & Software, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Bolton, Tim Cordes, Herman Deutsch
  • Patent number: 8985435
    Abstract: A ballot processing device flashes one or more lights of the ballot processing device in a first color when the ballot processing device is ready to receive a ballot. The ballot processing device lights a portion of the one or more lights of the ballot processing device in a second color when the ballot processing device is not ready to receive a ballot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Hart Intercivic, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Canter, Philip J. Nathan, Edward Patrick Perez, Denton L. Simpson, Drew Eldridge Tinney
  • Publication number: 20150076228
    Abstract: Voter-generated ballots created using consumer-grade printers are remade to ballots scannable by specialized ballot scanners. The voter-generated ballots include a machine-readable indicia, such as a two-dimensional barcode, that encodes ballot information. The ballot information includes choices made by the voter and information for use in remaking the ballot. Voters wish to submit their votes using printouts from non-specialized printers such as those found at their homes or offices; yet election officials wish to tabulate votes using scanners that require specialized, high-quality ballots. The disclosed systems and methods bridge this gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Aaron Contorer, Sean Mostafavi, Jim Goode, Elan Kaplan, Carolyn Hicks, Jon Thomason
  • Patent number: 8944326
    Abstract: A system for remotely monitoring a plurality of ballot tabulation devices is provided. The ballot tabulation devices are located at a plurality of polling locations, each of which is operable to process a plurality of marked paper ballots and maintain health status information for the device. The system includes a central server located remotely from the ballot tabulation devices that is operable to periodically receive the health status information for each device and generate an alert that identifies any irregularities associated with each device based on the received health status information. Preferably, the health status information is encoded in a machine-readable code that is displayed on a display screen of the ballot tabulation device, and a reading device is used to read the machine-readable code from the display screen and transmit the health status information to the central server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Electron Systems & Software, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Bolton, Kenneth Carbullido
  • Patent number: 8931695
    Abstract: A voting server receives votes from a multimedia processing resource (MPR) and executes instructions for determining whether a user location is an approved voting location and determining whether an MPR communication path is an approved path. If the user location is an approved voting location and the MPR communication path is an approved path, ballot data is accessed, a ballot based on the ballot data is presented to a user, and user input is accepted to select an element from the ballot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bruce Barnes, Wayne Robert Heinmiller, Nikhil S. Marathe
  • Publication number: 20150012339
    Abstract: Officials using computers for research, create lists of Registered Voters, Proxy Voters whom are sent machine readable encoded documents (registration, language choice, voting ballots), optional return containers. Linking each document to correlated receipt(s) by sharing unique Random Symbolic Identifier(s), other Security Elements. For voting privacy, Voters exchange Ballots within their Voting Region. Voters complete document(s), add Personal Security Identifier(s), keep document receipt, send documents to Officials In-Person or by Postal Mail, Delivery Service, Telephone, Fax, Internet, Email, Interactive Television. Officials receiving documents provide delivery confirmation. Document image machine recorded, Identifier correlated, stored. When document timely, valid, authentic—voter information, selections, write-in choices, personal security items are machine read via software template, read data correlated to document RSID, data stored, published to Voter privately accessible data vault.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel W. Onischuk
  • Patent number: 8910865
    Abstract: A ballot authentication system uses a plurality of security features embedded in and/or printed on the paper stock used to print a ballot on which election-choice-information is printed and a voting unit that includes at least a scanner that is configured to detect the plurality of security features that are embedded in and/or printed on the ballot and authenticate the ballot based on the read information. The voting unit of the ballot authentication system can be configured to verify and confirm that the various security features embedded in and/or printed on the ballot is correct for a particular precinct of an election. The security features of the ballot authentication system can include static, dynamic and data security features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Dominion Voting Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Coomer, Larry Korb, Brian Glenn Lierman
  • Patent number: 8905306
    Abstract: An electronic voting system provides increased transparency to the public and verification for the individual voters regarding the tallying of their respective votes. A voting record can be made available electronically, thereby eliminating the need to provide a voter with a paper ballot. A voting record identifier is generated without use of, or reference to, voter identity. The voting record identifier is provided to the voter, such that the voter can access a record of his ballot selections and vote number sequence. In addition, a biometric authentication mechanism is provided to reduce, or eliminate, the potential that a voter is able to vote more than once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: American Radio LLC
    Inventors: Robert Hotto, David Perez
  • Patent number: 8899480
    Abstract: Voter-generated ballots created using consumer-grade printers are remade to ballots scannable by specialized ballot scanners. The voter-generated ballots include a machine-readable indicia, such as a two-dimensional barcode, that encodes ballot information. The ballot information includes choices made by the voter and information for use in remaking the ballot. Voters wish to submit their votes using printouts from non-specialized printers such as those found at their homes or offices; yet election officials wish to tabulate votes using scanners that require specialized, high-quality ballots. The disclosed systems and methods bridge this gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Everyone Counts Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Contorer, Sean Mostafavi, Jim Goode, Elan Kaplan, Carolyn Hicks, Jon Thomason
  • Patent number: 8876002
    Abstract: A system and device facilitate the storage and tracking of warehoused voting machines. A system includes a host computer, a plurality of voting machines that are connected via a network to the host computer, each voting machine having one or both of a wireless communication device and a data port that is coupled to the host computer. The system also includes an election and voting machine preparation portion included in the host computer to manage and/or control the connected voting machines. The election and voting machine preparation portion is configured to manage the status of the connected voting machines, is configured to instruct the voting machines to run self tests, is configured to receive results of the self tests back from the connected voting machines, and is configured to prepare/program the connected voting machines with an election ballot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Dominion Voting Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Federico Arnao, Eric Coomer, Larry Korb, Josh Maletz
  • Patent number: 8864026
    Abstract: A ballot processing system and method processes paper ballots, such as by optically scanning or optically reading those ballots. The ballot image processing system corrects for, or is able to differentiate valid voting marks from, ballot printing errors such as skewed printing, incorrect sizing, and speckling. Further, the ballot image processing system, after determining whether each of the voting marks is valid or not, associates audit data with the ballot that corresponds to the decision regarding each voting mark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Dominion Voting Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Coomer, Larry Korb, Brian Glenn Lierman, Doug Harold Weinel
  • Patent number: 8851376
    Abstract: Methods and systems that provide privacy of signatures on envelopes containing ballots are provided. The envelope for returning ballots includes a removable signature stub positioned on top of a signature area. The voter signs the back of the envelope on the signature stub, thereby imprinting a signature on the signature area by transferring a material from the signature stub to the signature area, and removes the signature stub. The signature is then covered by a label that conceals the signature under normal lighting conditions. To read the signature, light having a predetermined wavelength is directed onto the label, thereby rendering the label transparent and the signature visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Bertrand Haas, Jay Reichelsheimer
  • Patent number: 8844813
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are described for electronically correcting votes made on voter-marked paper ballots. An optical scan system may image a paper ballot and allow vote modification by the voter following the imaging. Such a modification may be necessary, for example, if a voter has improperly voted (e.g., voted for two candidates for one office), if a definitive determination of the intention to cast a vote cannot be made (e.g., partially filed-in bubble associated with a candidate, erasure, stray marks), if a write-in candidate is included on the ballot, or if a voter has changed their mind or otherwise wishes to cast a different vote than initially indicated. After correction, the corrected ballot may be re-imaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Dominion Voting Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Korb, James Hoover
  • Patent number: 8840022
    Abstract: A ballot tabulation device includes a scanner operable to obtain an image of at least a portion of a paper ballot that includes a voter response area. A processor applies a virtual template to the image to identify a center point for the voter response area. The virtual template comprises a set of characteristic points positioned in predetermined locations in relation to the center point of the voter response area, wherein the characteristic points comprise points that are common to a plurality of sample ballot images. The processor also defines a response window that is centered on the center point of the voter response area, and analyzes the response window to determine if the voter response area is marked by a voter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Election Systems & Software, LLC
    Inventors: Bruno Roger, Mike Dvorak
  • Publication number: 20140263638
    Abstract: A system for remotely monitoring a plurality of ballot tabulation devices is provided. The ballot tabulation devices are located at a plurality of polling locations, each of which is operable to process a plurality of marked paper ballots and maintain health status information for the device. The system includes a central server located remotely from the ballot tabulation devices that is operable to periodically receive the health status information for each device and generate an alert that identifies any irregularities associated with each device based on the received health status information. Preferably, the health status information is encoded in a machine-readable code that is displayed on a display screen of the ballot tabulation device, and a reading device is used to read the machine-readable code from the display screen and transmit the health status information to the central server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: STEVE BOLTON, Kenneth Carbullido
  • Publication number: 20140263639
    Abstract: A system for reporting election results from a plurality of ballot tabulation devices to a central server is provided. Each ballot tabulation device is operable to generate a machine-readable code that encodes the election results for the ballot tabulation device and present the machine-readable code by either displaying the machine-readable code on a display screen or printing the machine-readable code on a printable medium. The system also includes a plurality of reading devices each of which is used to read the machine-readable code presented by the ballot tabulation device and transmit the election results for the ballot tabulation device to the central server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: ELECTION SYSTEMS & SOFTWARE, LLC
    Inventors: STEVE BOLTON, Kenneth Carbullido, Arun Mani