Voting Machine Patents (Class 235/386)
  • Patent number: 11915528
    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: December 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventor: James McNeel Keller
  • Patent number: 11900735
    Abstract: In a voting system including a vote broadcasting server and a plurality of client terminals, the vote broadcasting server generates a plurality of pieces of vote information that is data in which secret information is shared and transmits the vote information to each client terminal, each client terminal generates voting information by encrypting vote information such that the vote information can be decrypted when predetermined conditions are satisfied and transmits the voting information to the vote broadcasting server, the vote broadcasting server transmits a voting information group composed of voting information received from respective client terminals to the respective client terminals, and each client terminal ascertains a vote result according to the number of pieces of vote information decrypted from the voting information group and executes processing based on the vote result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koha Kinjo, Tetsuya Okuda, Ryo Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 11847865
    Abstract: Systems and methods relate generally to app assisted voting. In an example method thereof, a voting app is installed in a mobile device. The mobile device has a memory configured to store program code for the voting app. The mobile device has a processor coupled to the memory. The processor, in response to executing the program code, is configured to initiate operations for implementing the voting app. The operations of the voting app include: taking in by the voting app personal information and a pre-assigned code; validating the personal information for the pre-assigned code by the voting app; registering a user associated with the personal information and the pre-assigned code by the voting app with a cloud-based voting authority server; authenticating the user by the voting authority server; and authorizing, by the voting authority server, the user to use the voting app during voting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Jacek Joseph Matysiak, Dilinur Wushour
  • Patent number: 11790719
    Abstract: There is disclosed an electronic voting system for tamper resistant voting. In some embodiments of a system and/or method for allows a voter to verify that his vote was recorded properly and/or allows public counting of votes by any entity. For example, the system may record information on a distributed ledger that prevents changing of votes. For example, enough data may be available to each voter to check that his vote was recorded properly and/or to substantiate and/or prove if it was not recorded properly. For example, public data may be recorded anonymously such that a third party may be able to access the number of votes, but not the identify of individual voters. Optionally, the individual voter may be supplied a way to substantiate a claim that he voted for either party of the election.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Inventors: Oren Zbeda, Eran Eliyahu Tobul
  • Patent number: 11783307
    Abstract: After loss of communications between a cash handling device and a financial institution, transactions may continue to be processed. In one configuration, the transactions may be processed up to a predefined transaction limit. Transaction limits may be defined by a number of transactions, a dollar amount transacted or to be transacted, an amount of time and/or combinations thereof. Additionally or alternatively, the transaction limit may be specific to one or more types of transactions. Transaction data may be stored in memory until communication has been re-established, at which time the data may be transmitted to the financial institution for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Amy Baker Folk, William Thomas Sanders, Daniel Christopher Bohen, Paul Martin Mattison, Shane Anthony Johnson, Sandra Ruth Maas, Kristen Ellen Asplund, Edward Christopher Mackey, Shelaine Marie Monkiewicz
  • Patent number: 11676141
    Abstract: The present application discloses a block chain-based asset processing method, device, apparatus and storage medium, and relates to the technical field of block chain. The method includes: starting a voting on whether a target account is an account to be retrieved, in response to an asset retrieval transaction request of the target account for the account to be retrieved; performing an identity authentication on the target account, according to the votes of one or more target participants participating in one or more historical transactions initiated by the account to be retrieved; and processing the assets of the account to be retrieved, according to a result of the identity authentication of the target account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: Baidu International Technology (Shenzen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bo Jing
  • Patent number: 11662057
    Abstract: A collapsible support structure for a removable electronic device. The electronic device having a touch screen configured for a user to access at least one predetermined construction document and/or application is removably connected to the support structure. The electronic device may be retained in a housing configured to be water resistant and/or impact resistant. The support structure may have a locking mechanism configured for an authorized user to gain access to remove the electronic device from the support structure, thereby, preventing an unauthorized user from gaining access for removal of the electronic device from the support structure. The support structure is configured to be foldable in a closed orientation during storage. The support stand may have a plurality of casters connected to a base. The base has a removable battery connected to a charging system with an integrated uninterruptable power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventor: Todd McCall
  • Patent number: 11651643
    Abstract: An electronic voting system that includes transportable voting equipment is described. Such transportable voting equipment includes a carrier that may be transportable and easily moved to enable curbside/mobile voting. The carrier may be ergonomically shaped for usage by passing through a vehicle window and resting in a voter's lap. In one embodiment, the carrier may include a printer to produce a printed vote record. The electronic voting system may include the use of a base station (for example located inside a polling building), the curbside/mobile carrier, and a smart panel that is dockable and removable to/from both the base station and the curbside/mobile carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Hart InterCivic, Inc.
    Inventors: Drew E. Tinney, James M. Canter, Denton L. Simpson
  • Patent number: 11587386
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to an apparatus comprising: a substrate; communication circuitry deposited on said substrate; and ballot circuitry deposited on said substrate. The ballot circuitry comprises: a plurality of voting circuitry elements, each voting circuitry element being responsive to a voting operation to change a conductive state of that voting circuitry element; and logic circuitry communicatively coupled with each of the plurality of voting circuitry elements and with the communication circuitry. The logic circuitry is configured to: detect the conductive state of each of the plurality of voting circuitry elements; and transmit, via the communication circuitry and based on the conductive state of each of the plurality of voting circuitry elements, a voting result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Arm Limited
    Inventors: Emre Özer, James Edward Myers, Jedrzej Kufel, John Philip Biggs, Remy Pottier
  • Patent number: 11551502
    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: July 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventor: James McNeel Keller
  • Patent number: 11539708
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media for content source verification and authentication using linked accounts. An authenticated group management system provides an improved approval process to create authenticated groups of linked accounts. In contrast to current systems in which a single gatekeeper reviews requests to add users to a group, the approval process utilized by the authenticated group management system enables each member of the authenticated group to review and respond to each request to add a prospective user. The more stringent approval process implemented by the authenticated group management system provides for a higher degree of authentication that each member of the authenticated group can be trusted, thereby increasing the security of content shared by the members of the authenticated group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventor: Che Hammond
  • Patent number: 11538129
    Abstract: A device includes memory and a processor. The device receives biometric information. The device receives location information. The device analyzes the received biometric information with stored biometric information. The device analyzes the received location information with stored location information. The device determines whether the received biometric information matches the stored biometric information. The device determines whether the received location information matches the stored location information. The device sends an electronic communication that indicates whether the received biometric information matches the stored biometric information and whether the received local information matches stored geographic location that is not within a particular distance of another geographic location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Visitlock LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Robert Phillips
  • Patent number: 11514464
    Abstract: A system is configured to provide a survey interface that collects response data, including both quantitative and qualitative response data, using multiple capture mediums. Mediums used to capture response data include input forms that collect structured response data on particular questions, as well as multimedia input forms that capture and collect free form multimedia response data in video form. This mix of quantitative and qualitative response data is analyzed across multiple modalities and used to develop an indexed response dataset, which may be queried to determine a set of pre-configured insights. An insight interface visualizes these pre-configured insights and accepts additional queries to provide a query interface that draws from the static indexed response dataset to allow for dynamic, conversational querying for additional insights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: BATTERII, LLC
    Inventors: Chad A. Reynolds, Benjamin L. Vaughan, Jennifer L. Tackett
  • Patent number: 11488272
    Abstract: An electronic voting identity authentication system and method employing a voting kiosk is provided for facilitating electronic voting using a three-part voter identity authentication thereby enhancing voter identity authentication and the reduction of voter fraud. The voting kiosk employs a palm vein scanner and a QR code reader that employ a user profile comprising at least a DNA sample, a set of genealogical information and a palm vein scan that are specific to a particular registered voter. Upon arriving at a polling site to vote, the registered voter employs the voting kiosk to capture a palm vein scan that is employed to authenticate the identity, of the voter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Inventor: Michael Eugene McKinzy, Sr.
  • Patent number: 11463777
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, articles of manufacture, and methods for viewer authentication are disclosed. An example system includes processing circuitry to execute computer readable instructions to send one or more instructions to cause the user device to: trigger collection of audio metering data from a sensed audio signal based on a programming schedule that is to identify when the program is to be broadcast; accept voting data from the user for a ballot presented in the program; transmit the audio metering data; and transmit the voting data. The processing circuitry also is to determine a level of exposure of the user to the program based on the audio metering data received from the user device; calculate a weighting score based on the level of exposure; and adjust the voting data based on the weighting score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventor: Wendell D. Lynch
  • Patent number: 11450167
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system includes a printing apparatus and a processor. The printing apparatus is configured for printing a ballot and an envelope associated with the ballot and a voter. The processor is configured to access a request file defining voter data from a voter registration database and generate a set of print instructions including ballot print instructions for a ballot and envelope print instructions for an envelope. Both of the ballot print instructions and the envelope print instructions are generated using the request file, and the set of print instructions includes instructions for printing a first machine-readable identifier for the envelope. The processor is further configured to transmit an instruction to the printing apparatus to print the ballot and the envelope using at least a portion of the voter data defined by the request file, the envelope including the first machine-readable identifier corresponding to the voter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Runbeck Election Services Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Paiz, Chris Schiffhauer
  • Patent number: 11397944
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for recording ownership information in a distributed ledger (such as a blockchain), and for performing application processing utilizing the distributed ledger. An example server computer system is configured to: record on a blockchain ownership information of an asset; to configure, for each owner of the asset, a digital wallet associated with a private cryptographic key and at least one blockchain address; using a blockchain address from a digital wallet to access ownership information in the blockchain; perform application processing using the accessed ownership information; and record in the blockchain, updated ownership information or other information associated with the ownership information in accordance with the performed application processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: NASDAQ, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Demarinis, Hedi Uustalu, Thomas Fay, Dominick Paniscotti, Triin Parvits, Rachana Rajkumar, Junning Tong
  • Patent number: 11335152
    Abstract: An electronic voting system that includes transportable voting equipment is described. Such transportable voting equipment includes a carrier that may be transportable and easily moved to enable curbside/mobile voting. The carrier may be ergonomically shaped for usage by passing through a vehicle window and resting in a voter's lap. In one embodiment, the carrier may include a printer to produce a printed vote record. The electronic voting system may include the use of a base station (for example located inside a polling building), the curbside/mobile carrier, and a smart panel that is dockable and removable to/from both the base station and the curbside/mobile carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Hart InterCivic, Inc.
    Inventors: Drew E. Tinney, James M. Canter, Denton L. Simpson
  • Patent number: 11334295
    Abstract: Described generally herein are systems, apparatuses, methods, and computer programs to assist a user in marking a document in response to the user engaging an intuitive, transparent interface. The apparatus can be caused to receive, in response to a gesture by a user, an indication related to a region of a transparent interactive display, the region of the transparent interactive display corresponding to a region of a document viewable by the user through the transparent interactive display. Apparatus can determine, based at least upon the indication, one or more fields of the document associated with the indication and input information associated with the one or more fields of the document. Apparatus can transmit a signal indicative of the one or more fields of the document and the input information to a printing device, the printing device configured to print the input information in the fields of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Juan E. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 11321694
    Abstract: Aspects of the technology provide an electronic device having a touch display and a method of detecting any possible tampering with the electronic device using the same ITO traces of a conductive grid of the touch display that are used to drive the touch display for displaying information and/or sensing touch inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: BLOCK, INC.
    Inventors: Sean Hafemann, Cory Douthat
  • Patent number: 11276262
    Abstract: A voting system comprises a ballot tabulation device that tabulates each of a plurality of paper ballots by determining one or more contest selections marked on the paper ballot and storing the contest selections within a cast vote record (CVR) for the paper ballot. One or more of the paper ballots comprises a provisional ballot on which is printed an identification code that represents or is associated with a voter code assigned to a voter who cast the provisional ballot. During the tabulation process, a direct or indirect link is provided between the CVR and the voter code for the provisional ballot. The voting system also comprises an election management system that identifies the CVR associated with each of one or more inputted voter codes, i.e., the voter codes assigned to voters who have had a change in eligibility status, and updates the total vote count to include or exclude the contest selections stored within that CVR as applicable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: ELECTION SYSTEMS & SOFTWARE, LLC
    Inventors: Herman Deutsch, Mike Dvorak
  • Patent number: 11250857
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments relate to using a voice user interface for creating a poll to send to users. A poll requestor can create a poll using voice instructions and specify response options and setup information. After creating the poll, the system broadcasts it to users who can respond to the poll. The poll may be broadcasted while a user is receiving content. The users can respond using a voice user interface. The system compiles the responses and provides them to the poll requestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Sungmin Kim, Greg Roberts, Daniel Zi Wang, Dylan Robert House, Luis Valencia, Paul Damian Tidwell, John Benjamin Dalin, Steven T. Rabuchin, James Robert Blair, Vicky Ge
  • Patent number: 11087578
    Abstract: A non-volatile computer readable medium is disclosed comprising computer program instructions that, when executed by at least one hardware processor, configure the at least one hardware processor to: display a ballot to a voter; collect candidate selections from a voter; and generate an encrypted ballot variant and a plaintext ballot variant. Corresponding systems and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel Bernard Ruskin, Jonathan Davis
  • Patent number: 11072507
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a banknote validator. The banknote validator comprises a banknote path disposed within an interior of the banknote validator, the banknote path including a banknote imaging zone, one or more banknote edge detection surfaces each configured to provide images of edges of a banknote in the banknote path, a banknote imaging sensor configured to provide an image of at least one portion of the banknote imaging zone, and an image sensor configured to capture the images of the edges of the banknote provided by the one or more banknote edge detection surfaces, and capture the image of the at least one portion of the banknote imaging zone provided by the banknote imaging sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Crane Payment Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Fatiha Anouar, Mustafa Emresoy, Michael David Nunn, Ruben-Dario Gonzalez-Lizcano, Vasily Bobryshev
  • Patent number: 11069170
    Abstract: A method of voting that provides an anonymous, verifiable, audit-able, secure, and anti-rigging voter receipt with secrecy and transparency. This voter receipt prints a voter's selection by filling a voter's Unique Voter Number with Signature Letter (UVNS) consisting of a Unique Voter Number and a voter Signature letter, into one of a group of the selections of a ballot. The voter receipt also prints one or more voter selections of other voters' UVNS in the remaining selections of the group of selections of a ballot; The voter receipt can print on paper, record in a memory device, mobile text or email; The voter receipt can verify with a published result of an election; A third party can audit all voter receipts in the election; The method of this application can utilize on an electronic voting (EV) system connected with a local network at a polling station, mobile network or internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Zhenxiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 11062546
    Abstract: Various voting systems are disclosed that include a voting device configured to: provide a user interface that presents one or more voting choices for each of one or more contests and enables a voter to select one or more of the voting choices for each of the one or more contests; create a bitmap comprising a plurality of bit cells each of which corresponds to one of the voting choices of one of the contests, wherein each of the bit cells stores a binary digit that indicates whether the voter selected the voting choice corresponding to the bit cell; convert the binary digits stored in the bitmap to a compressed string of characters; generate one or more selection barcodes that encode the compressed string of characters; and print the one or more selection barcodes on a paper medium to create a paper ballot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: ELECTION SYSTEMS & SOFTWARE, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Davis, Bruno Roger, Casey Ballentine, Christopher Horvath, Kevin Day
  • Patent number: 11049349
    Abstract: Officials, Agents and Devices researching, creating lists of Registered Voters, Proxy Voters whom are sent machine readable encoded Documents (Registration, Language choice, Voting Ballots), optional return Containers. Each Document correlated to Receipt(s) via shared 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 or Facsimile, Internet, EMail, Interactive Television. Officials receiving Documents provide delivery confirmation. Imaging machines record Documents duplicate images, correlates RSID, stores data. Timely, valid, authentic Documents are machine read via computer software extracting Voter information, selections, Write-In choices, Personal Security Items correlated to Document RSID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Daniel William Onischuk
  • Patent number: 11036442
    Abstract: Described generally herein are systems, apparatuses, methods, and computer programs to assist a user in marking a document in response to the user engaging an intuitive, transparent interface. The apparatus can be caused to receive, in response to a gesture by a user, an indication related to a region of a transparent interactive display, the region of the transparent interactive display corresponding to a region of a document viewable by the user through the transparent interactive display. Apparatus can determine, based at least upon the indication, one or more fields of the document associated with the indication and input information associated with the one or more fields of the document. Apparatus can transmit a signal indicative of the one or more fields of the document and the input information to a printing device, the printing device configured to print the input information in the fields of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Juan E. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 11011005
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for preserving the anonymity of a provisional ballot cast by a voter in an election whose eligibility to vote in the election is not yet determined comprises including a machine-readable identification marking representing an identification code associated with the voter on the paper card utilized by a voting device associating the identification code represented by the machine-readable identification marking with the contest choices stored in the results database. In this manner, upon a determination that the voter is either eligible or ineligible to vote in the election, the contest choices of the voter can be included in or excluded from, respectively, the results of the election by identifying the identification code associated with the voter and including or excluding, respectively, the contest choices associated with the identification code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: ELECTION SYSTEMS & SOFTWARE, LLC
    Inventor: Herman Deutsch
  • Patent number: 10977887
    Abstract: A voting method, comprising the steps: a person casting a vote at a voting machine, wherein the voting machine includes a voter list that includes a first record in which the person is registered, wherein the voting machine includes a vote list that is separate from the voter list and a reference list that is separate from the voter list and from the vote list; the voting machine generating a second record in the vote list and recording the vote in the second record; the voting machine computing a hash value of the second record with the vote in the vote list to form a reference; and the voting machine generating a third record in the reference list and recording the reference into the record in the reference list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: regio IT gesellschaft fuer informationstechnologle mbh
    Inventor: Hendrik Hackmann
  • Patent number: 10970344
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and system for providing location based service to end users. The method includes acquiring one or more historical orders associated with a user within a predetermined time interval; retrieving a first set of points of interests (POI) associated with the user based on the one or more historical orders; storing the first set of POIs associated with the user in a first database; retrieving a second set of POIs from a second database; updating the first set of POIs in the first database based on the second set of POIs and the one or more historical orders; receiving location information of the user from a user equipment; determining one or more personalized content items based on the updated first set of POIs and the location information of the user; and transmitting the one or more personalized content items to be displayed on the user equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lingyu Zhang
  • 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