Voting Machines Patents (Class 235/51)
  • Patent number: 9563862
    Abstract: An electronic voting terminal includes: a display; a data input device; a biometric input device; a case having an open and a closed position, the case protecting the display, the input device, and the biometric input device in the closed position, the case making the display, input device and biometric input device accessible by the voter in the open position; a communications medium; a microprocessor to control the display, the data input device, the biometric input device, and the communications medium; and a power supply that accepts alternating current and provides direct current to the microprocessor The device utilizes the biometric input device to validate the identity of the voter, utilizes the data input device to receive the ballot from the voter, and utilizes the communications medium to transmit the ballot. A system for voting also includes a centralized computer and voter registration database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventor: Brian T. Liesenfelt
  • Patent number: 9223547
    Abstract: Techniques are described for generating text in a structured language, such as source code in a programming language, based on audio input. Audible tokens may be associated with higher-level constructs, including design elements such as methods, classes, design patterns, and so forth. Additionally, audible tokens may be associated with lower-level syntactic constructs of a programming language, such as programming language keywords, tokens, and so forth. Techniques may receive and parse the audio input including the audible tokens, and generate source code output. Techniques may also provide audio information indicating a development context that may otherwise be indicated visually in a development environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey Eric Endresen, Brian Scott Cripe, John Gilbert Focht, Craig Vincent Kulfan, Bala Anirudh Kurakula, Ian Aird Mosher, Viraj Vijay Sanghvi, Daniel Arthur Sommerfield
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8982423
    Abstract: In some embodiments, techniques for voting and visual cryptography may include various enhancements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: James A. Roskind, Aaron T. Emigh
  • Patent number: 8887987
    Abstract: Technology for use with computing devices, particularly mobile devices and wireless networks supporting federation, enabling people, devices, systems, or the like to join together in electronic federations for purposes of voting or the like. The votes in such voting situations may be weighted based on various criteria associated with the voter, the subject of the vote, and/or other criteria relevant to the voting scenario. The technology also enables users to monitor a voting scenario in real-time and tailor their own voting or decisions or the like to the scenario, even as it unfolds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Dawson Yee, Scott C Forbes, Shai Guday, Miller Thomas Abel
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 8814045
    Abstract: A voting system including a universal voting station and a tabulation device. The voting station is operable to receive an activation card on which it prints a voter's voting selection. The voter may choose to have the voting station transmit the voting selection to the tabulation device and deposit the activation card into a ballot box, or return the activation card to the voter. The tabulation device is operable to scan and tabulate the voting selections on both marked paper ballots and printed activation cards. The ballot box is preferably a common ballot box that is positioned to receive activation cards from the voting station and paper ballots and activation cards from the tabulation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Election Systems & Software, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Brockhouse, Dean Baumert, James Schmidt, Kenneth Carbullido
  • Patent number: 8740058
    Abstract: A modular integrated software and hardware suite can accept data exported from a voter registration database corresponding to requests for mail ballots, sort the data as necessary for ballot preparation, create a road map for ballot mailing preparation, provide for mail presorting, scan returned ballot envelopes using a ballot envelope scanner, and accept data from the scanner. The scanner uses a passive feed system, a separator brush, and a variable speed straight paper path to minimize jamming through the ballot envelope scanner. The scanner can work with a workstation application to interpret a barcode, store an image of the ballot envelope signature in association with a specific voter, print an endorsement on each verified ballot envelope, and store the endorsement with the signature image. The scanner can divert ballot envelopes with unrecognizable or unmatched barcodes to a separate tray for manual processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Electron Systems & Software, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Brucker, Harminder Patria, Brian Clubb, Lester Wright, Bryan A. Pittman, Donald S. Nelson, Jr., Robert L. Leonard, Jr., Bradley W. Borne, Brett Barrett, Jerry Wagoner, Gary Lemmon, John Elder, Darrin Heffernan
  • Patent number: 8733646
    Abstract: An integrated voting system and method for accommodating paper ballots and audio ballots. The voting system includes a voting device operable to scan a paper ballot with one or more marked voting selections and tabulate the marked voting selections. The voting system also includes an accessible voting station in communication with the voting device. The accessible voting station comprises a voting console operable present an audio ballot to a voter via headphones, and receive one or more voting selections entered in response to the audio ballot from the voter. A printer is also provided to print a printed ballot that includes the entered voting selections. The voting device is operable to tabulate the printed voting selections by scanning the printed ballot or receiving voting selection information extracted from the printed ballot from the accessible voting station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Election Systems & Software, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Bolton, Herman Deutsch, James E. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8714450
    Abstract: A voting unit and a ballot transaction processing system for processing a voting session. The voting unit includes an optical ballot scanner and a printer that is capable of printing a non-human readable barcode on ballots that are fed into the voting unit. The ballots are filled out (or cast) by the voter before being inserted into the voting unit. The voter can confirm the voting unit's interpretations of his/her selections on the scanned ballot via a display and confirm that the interpretations are correct via an input section on the voting unit. The ballot transaction processing system is also capable of generating, assigning and communicating to a plurality of voting units a set of unique transaction codes. In so doing, the ballot transaction processing system maintains voter secrecy, prevents ballot stuffing and provides a one-to-one correspondence between images of optically scanned ballots and the ballots themselves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Dominion Voting Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederico Arnao, Eric Coomer, Larry Korb, Josh Maletz
  • Patent number: 8712829
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a voter list, and receiving a plurality of different types of ballot images. The method includes using a control program to form a side file which associates the ballot images with the voter list, wherein the control program selects a ballot image which corresponds to a selected voter of the voter list. The method includes forming a print job which includes the selected ballot image, and printing the print job to form an unused ballot which includes the selected ballot image. The method includes comparing an image of the unused ballot with the selected ballot image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventors: Robert K. Runbeck, Valentino F. Guyett, John W. Latsko
  • Patent number: 8523052
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, systems, and computer program products for visualizing results of elections. A set of ballots, each including one or more areas for expression of intent, are received and analyzed with a computerized image analysis tool. The image analysis tool provides a score associated with the areas for expression of intent for one or more of the set of ballots. The analyzed areas are displayed on an image-display device according to a predetermined criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Clear Ballot Group
    Inventor: Larry Moore
  • Patent number: 8485425
    Abstract: Each respective mail item in a received batch of items is read to acquire information, which enables a plurality of verifications with regard to authenticity of the respective mail item. In a vote-by-mail example, one or more features are validated for authenticity in relation to the election, and one or more features are validated for authenticity in relation to a voter. The verifications in relation to a voter may involve detection of a signature and verification of the authenticity of the signature. The items are sorted according to the verification results and may be sorted based on other criteria. The methods, systems and software disclosed herein enable such verifications and sorting, in a single pass through a sorting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Bell and Howell, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Kite, George Mavelil Varghese, Arkadiusz Nieckarz, William A. Grady, Michelle R. Archer
  • Patent number: 8413880
    Abstract: A ballot box assembly includes a secure location for storing a paper ballot generated by an interactive user terminal. The assembly includes a housing, a ballot storage chamber, an aperture and a drive assembly. The housing is provided for holding the ballot generated by the interactive user terminal. The housing includes a coupling portion for removably securing the housing to the interactive user terminal. The ballot storage chamber is disposed within the housing. The aperture is provided for receiving the ballot from the interactive user terminal when the housing is secured to the interactive user terminal. The aperture passes through the housing. The drive assembly is provided for conveying the ballot from the aperture to the inner ballot storage chamber. The drive assembly selectively blocks passage of the ballot between the aperture and the ballot storage chamber. An input device is provided for authenticating a voting session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Precise Voting LLC
    Inventor: James L. Kapsis
  • Patent number: 8393530
    Abstract: Relative ranking of items is performed based on a subjective attribute of the items. A user interface that displays the relative ranking of the items includes an axis that corresponds to the subject attribute. The user interface further includes a display section that displays representations of the items along the axis according to rankings relative to the subjective attribute. The display section is also to present one or more additional items in response to customer input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Teresa E. Batten, Sean W. Blakey, Eric F. Gilmour, David M. Lifson, Ian A. McAllister, Scott Allen Mongrain, Clayton A. Williams
  • Patent number: 8345313
    Abstract: There is described an image forming apparatus, which make it possible to appropriately print each of a valid print object and an invalid print object. The apparatus includes: a printing section to conduct a printing operation based on the print data, so as to create the print product; and a control section to determine whether the digital signature is valid or invalid so as to control the printing operation, based on the determined result. When the plurality of print objects includes both a valid print object for which the digital signature is determined as valid and an invalid print object for which the digital signature is determined as invalid, the control section controls the printing operation, so as to enable the valid print object to be printed, based on the print data, while disable the invalid print object to be printed, based on the print data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Tanaka, Yoko Fujiwara, Masahiro Ozawa, Jun Kuroki, Hiroshi Nogawa, Fumihito Akiyama, Yasufumi Aoyama
  • Patent number: 8267306
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a system and method to guarantee that a personal choice corresponds with an electronic encoding of this choice and, more particularly, to a system and method for its production, and allows the verification to a human that his or her choice has been taken into account which is easily auditable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, K.U. Leuven R&D
    Inventors: Antoon Bosselaers, Daniel De Cock, Bart Preneel, Frederik Vercauteren
  • Patent number: 8243338
    Abstract: In some embodiments, techniques for voting and visual cryptography may include various enhancements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventors: James A. Roskind, Aaron T. Emigh
  • Patent number: 8225998
    Abstract: A secure ballot box includes a main compartment for receiving ballots, a case including a base and a cover supported by the main compartment, and a scanner supported within the base. The cover is coupled with the base and is moveable between a closed position enclosing the scanner and an open position exposing at least a portion of the scanner. The case and scanner are removable from the main compartment for easy transport. A sensor, operable to detect the height of the ballots collected within the main compartment, is coupled with the scanner to switch the scanner to an off mode such that additional ballots will not be accepted when the height of ballots within the main compartment reaches a predetermined threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: ES&S Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Steve Bolton
  • Patent number: 8210431
    Abstract: A voting device and system for voting is described having a touch sensitive membrane input surface including at least one of an arc input and a slider input, at least one sensor for detecting movement and orientation of the voting device, and at least one transmitter. The voting device receives a voting response inputted by a user from at least one of the arc input, the slider input and the sensor, and then sends the user inputted response upon at least one of a pressure and a release of pressure on the touch sensitive membrane input surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Albert Hall Meetings, Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Earl
  • Patent number: 8162214
    Abstract: An automated system and method for processing vote-by-mail ballots. The method comprises electronically evaluating the ballots for validity and sorting them according to sort parameters and sort plan. Included in the invention is an apparatus, computer readable medium, and computer system for carrying out the ballot processing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Tritek Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Malatesta, Edward Cohen
  • Patent number: 8145520
    Abstract: Verifying ballots that are cast in an election is provided. A mutual attestation procedure is executed between a plurality of devices communicating in a voting system via a network. A number of certificates are published. Each certificate corresponds to one of the plurality of devices and contains a public key and reference election configuration data defining a reference machine execution environment state of its corresponding device. A voter authorization token is generated for each voter. Voting results are generated in response to using a given voter authorization token to cast a given ballot using a specified voting device. Current election configuration data is generated that defines a current machine execution environment state of the specified voting device when the given ballot was cast. The current election configuration data is compared with the reference configuration data to verify a valid machine execution environment state of the specified voting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Richard J. Cardone, Michael Austin Halcrow
  • Patent number: 8136729
    Abstract: A ballot tabulation device and method for tabulating paper ballots that have been printed according to ballot style. In an exemplary embodiment, the ballot tabulation device includes an input device, such as a touch screen display, that enables a user to enter a precinct identification code for a paper ballot. The device also includes a scanner operable to scan the paper ballot, and a processing circuit operable to decode one or more voting selections marked on the paper ballot. The processing circuit is further operable to tabulate the decoded voting selections and include the tabulated voting selections within the vote tally associated with the precinct identification code. Other exemplary embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: ES&S Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Steve Bolton
  • Patent number: 8123114
    Abstract: An improved paper ballot voting system allows voters to verify that their ballots are correctly counted and provide substantiating evidence if they are not. Codes are revealed to voters by the act of marking the ballot during voting and voters can check that these codes are posted. If these codes are not posted as marked, voters can make the codes they obtained public. These codes made public by voters can be compared against codes that were cryptographically committed to in advance of the election. If the codes from voters do in fact match codes committed to, evidence of incorrectness of the vote tallying is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: David Chaum
  • Publication number: 20120031961
    Abstract: A ballot box assembly includes a secure location for storing a paper ballot generated by an interactive user terminal. The assembly includes a housing, a ballot storage chamber, an aperture and a drive assembly. The housing is provided for holding the ballot generated by the interactive user terminal. The housing includes a coupling portion for removeably securing the housing to the interactive user terminal. The ballot storage chamber is disposed within the housing. The aperture is provided for receiving the ballot from the interactive user terminal when the housing is secured to the interactive user terminal. The aperture passes through the housing. The drive assembly is provided for conveying the ballot from the aperture to the inner ballot storage chamber. The drive assembly selectively blocks passage of the ballot between the aperture and the ballot storage chamber. An input device is provided for authenticating a voting session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventor: James L. KAPSIS
  • Patent number: 8074883
    Abstract: An advanced voting system is provided that includes one or more computing devices. The computing devices receive input of authentication data and utilize the authentication data to determine whether a voting session by a voter is authorized and to unlock ballot information specific to the voter or a group of voters. Furthermore, same device used to unlock said ballot information. In addition, the receive accessibility input data on the same device used to unlock said ballot information. In addition, the computing devices present ballot questions to the voter if the voting session is authorized based on the received authentication data and receive interactive voter selections from the voter. Furthermore, the system includes a record generator that generates records containing the voter selections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Populex Corp.
    Inventor: Sanford J. Morganstein
  • Patent number: 8061589
    Abstract: A method is described that involves creating a private key and a public key cryptographic key pair, generating a unique and random identifier for a voter's vote and accepting an election vote from said voter. The vote and identifier are electronically signed with the private key to create a digital signature. The vote and identifier are provided in a human readable format to the voter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventors: Barry Cohen, Ira Cohen
  • Patent number: 8047435
    Abstract: A secured electronic system and method for taking and counting votes. A database of unique ballot security codes, each ballot security code consisting of a ballot code representing the ballot selections of a voter and a security code derived from sensing with a biometric sensor a biometric presentation of a biometric feature of the voter. Each ballot security code is checked before entry into the database to verify that the security code component is not within a voter template of the security code component for any prior ballot security code, to prevent multiple votes being cast by any voter. Recounts are validated by verifying the uniqueness of the security code component of each ballot security code and verifying that each security code is not within a voter template of any other security code. Each ballot security code may also be checked against a registration data base thereby verifying that the voter is registered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: N.P. Johnson Family Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Neldon P. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8047436
    Abstract: A voting device and system for voting is described having a touch sensitive membrane input surface including at least one of an arc input and a slider input, at least one sensor for detecting movement and orientation of the voting device, and at least one transmitter. The voting device receives a voting response inputted by a user from at least one of the arc input, the slider input and the sensor, and then sends the user inputted response upon at least one of a pressure and a release of pressure on the touch sensitive membrane input surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Albert Hall Meetings, Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Earl
  • Patent number: 8038053
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ballot box assembly for securely storing a paper ballot generated by an interactive user terminal includes a housing, a ballot storage chamber, an aperture and a drive assembly. The housing is provided for holding the ballot generated by the interactive user terminal. The housing includes a coupling portion for removeably securing the housing to the interactive user terminal. The ballot storage chamber is disposed within the housing. The aperture is provided for receiving the ballot from the interactive user terminal when the housing is secured to the interactive user terminal. The aperture passes through the housing. The drive assembly is provided for conveying the ballot from the aperture to the inner ballot storage chamber. The drive assembly selectively blocks passage of the ballot between the aperture and the ballot storage chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Precise Voting LLC
    Inventor: James L. Kapsis
  • Patent number: 8038061
    Abstract: A method for voting by peers via mobile devices operating in a network on behalf of their owners, comprising iteratively sending by a plurality of peers votes for candidates to a peer and determining by the peer, according to the votes, at least one winner candidate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Meir Kalech, Sarit Kraus, Gal A. Kaminka, Claudia V. Goldman-Shenhar
  • Patent number: 8009326
    Abstract: In some embodiments, techniques for voting and visual cryptography may include various enhancements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventors: James A. Roskind, Aaron T. Emigh
  • Patent number: 8006894
    Abstract: An election system is disclosed that is immune to rigging, costs only 5 to 20 percent of that of prior art e-voting systems, and entirely eliminates wasted voter time spent standing in line. The method used in the new system is to print each separate office or proposition on a separate playing-card size card adapted to be inserted in a separate ballot box while by means of an odometer the official reception of the voter's vote is shown to the voter by the odometer display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: William Rouverol
  • Patent number: 7988047
    Abstract: An optically readable sheet has plural mark spaces and has at least two fiducial marks defining the orientation and scaling of the sheet. A method for reading an optically readable sheet may comprise imaging the sheet and decoding the fiducial marks from the image of the sheet for scaling the image of the sheet and decoding the mark spaces therein. Scaling the image may include comparing the locations of the decoded fiducial marks from the image of the sheet and the predetermined locations of the fiducial marks on the sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Avante International Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Kwong-Tai Chung, Victor Jun Dong
  • Patent number: 7878390
    Abstract: Relatively ranking items based on subjective attributes of the items, and for discovering these relatively ranked items. A voting server as described may include a voting application that receives an indication of an item of interest to a customer. Based on preferences indicated by customers, the voting application may rank the item and one or more other items for the subjective attribute. The voting application may also send data representing a user interface to a client system, with the user interface including representations of the item and the other item. The user interface may arrange the representations of the items along an axis corresponding to the subjective attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Teresa E. Batten, Sean W. Blakey, Eric F. Gilmour, David M. Lifson, Ian A. McAllister, Scott Allen Mongrain, Clayton A. Williams
  • Patent number: 7861918
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for enabling a voter to vote at any single official polling place in the state (jurisdiction) even if it lies outside the boundaries of his local voting location (division of the jurisdiction). The systems and methods disclosed also prevent voter fraud, including a single voter voting more than once, at any polling place anywhere in the jurisdiction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventor: Jeff Strabone
  • Patent number: 7857200
    Abstract: An election system that is immune to rigging, costs only 5 to 20 percent of that of prior art e-voting systems, and entirely eliminates wasted voter time spent standing in line. The method used in the new system is to print each separate office or proposition on a separate playing-card size card adapted to be inserted in a separate ballot box while by means of an odometer the official reception of the voter's vote is shown to the voter by the odometer display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Inventor: William Rouverol
  • Patent number: 7819319
    Abstract: A method and system for electronic voting over a network, from a terminal (Te) connected to an administrative server (SA) and to a vote-counting server (SCV). An authentication certificate (CA) and a single-use password (UPWe) are calculated and transmitted (A) from the server (SA) to the voter (Eu), an electronic ballot paper (EB) and an anonymous reference (AREu) are transmitted (B) from the terminal (Te) to the server (SCV) and, upon verification (B1) of the anonymous reference, the vote and the paper are validated (B3), the paper is counted, a confirmation of receipt (ACW) and an electoral register document (DVR) are transmitted from the server (SCV) to the terminal (Te). The terminal (Te) signs the register and transmits (C) the signed register (SDVR) to the server (SA) which closes (D1) the vote of the voter (Eu).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: France Telecom
    Inventors: Fran├žois Vernay, Jacques Traore, Antoine Bonamour
  • Patent number: 7789306
    Abstract: A voting method. A ballot paper is received. The received ballot paper includes a recorded vote. The recorded vote includes candidate/party information for an election held on a voting day in a jurisdiction. The ballot paper includes a burnable radio frequency identification (RFID) tag including an on-tag fuse that is not blown. The recorded vote is not revealable while the fuse is not blown and is revealable in response to the fuse being subsequently blown. After the ballot paper is received, the ballot paper is authenticated and the fuse is blown to reveal the recorded vote, followed by counting the ballot paper and directing the ballot paper to a candidate box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frederic Bauchot, Jean-Yves Clement, Gerard Marmigere, Pierre Secondo
  • Publication number: 20100127064
    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: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Bruce Barnes, Wayne Robert Heinmiller, Nikhil S. Marathe
  • Patent number: 7667871
    Abstract: In some embodiments, techniques for voting and visual cryptography may include various enhancements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventors: James A. Roskind, Aaron T. Emigh
  • Patent number: 7637429
    Abstract: An electronic voting system includes a vote security device (VSD), a user interface for presenting a ballot to a voter, and an audit trail printer operatively coupled to the VSD. The printer prints an audit trail ballot only in response to verifying encrypted and/or digitally signed messages received from the VSD that indicates the voter's ballot selections. The printer is structured to allow the voter to view but not access the audit trail ballot. The voter is able to accept or reject the audit trail ballot using the user interface. If the ballot is rejected, the VSD causes the printer to print a rejection indicator on the ballot, and if the voter accepts the ballot, the VSD causes the printer to print an acceptance indicator on the ballot. A digitally signed record of the voter's ballot selections is generated and stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Cordery, Matthew J. Campagna, Bertrand Haas
  • Patent number: 7635088
    Abstract: A method and system for marking a ballot or sheet may comprise making selections in a session using an interface, e.g., including a keyboard, a touch screen, a button, a switch, voice recognition apparatus, a Braille keyboard, a pen with writing recognition interface, or a combination thereof, producing a paper ballot or sheet for the session by printing the selections on a sheet form or printing a sheet form including the selections, and optionally submitting the printed paper ballot or sheet for reading the selections printed thereon. The printed ballot or sheet may include an identifier for the selected template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Avante International Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Kwong-Tai Chung, Victor Jun Dong
  • Patent number: 7635087
    Abstract: A method for processing ballots having page numbers comprises imaging the ballot; determining the page numbers from the images and whether the page numbers are in a sequence. If the page numbers are in a page number sequence, then decoding the voting selections marked on the ballot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Avante International Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Kwong-Tai Chung, Victor Jun Dong, Xiaoming Shi
  • Patent number: 7617978
    Abstract: An integrated ballot assembly formed from a backing assembly, a ballot book, and connection between the ballot book and the backing assembly. The backing assembly is formed from a planar support card and an integrally formed, co-planar ballot card that is temporarily secured to the planar support card along a perforation line. The ballot book is formed from several voting information sheets that are arranged from top to bottom in a stack of successively lower voting information sheets where each sheet is progressively narrower. The ballot card has progressively leftward moving voting columns, and the ballot book is connected to the planar support card with the right edges of its successively narrower sheets corresponding to and aligned with successive ones of the voting columns. When completed, the ballot card may be removed directly from the integrated ballot assembly along the first perforation line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Inventors: Leonard N Albrecht, Walter E Albrecht
  • Publication number: 20090250510
    Abstract: The invention relates to voting devices. The inventive method consists in identifying a voter who, afterwards, selects one of the voting options and simultaneously drops a voting ball in a vertical receiving transparent cylinder placed on a lighttight screen. The falling ball touches the end of the cantilever platform of a mechanical counter, which is fastened to the side surface of said cylinder and records on the digital display thereof the total number of casted votes, and afterwards, the end of the cantilever platform of a mechanical counter, which records on the digital display thereof the total number of voters who selected a specific voting option. The final voting results are determined by comparing the total number of recorded votes for each voting option with the total number of voters and with results of instrumental video monitoring. The voting results are afterwards published. Said invention makes it possible to increase the reliability and credibility of a voting procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Inventor: Alexandr Nikiforovich Kondrashov
  • Patent number: 7597258
    Abstract: A system is provided for improved elections which may separate the identity of the voter from the content of the vote she casts. The system may be implemented using electronic or other communication methods. Separate entities may be used to implement the system, with one entity acting as a member services system, and another entity acting as an election services system. The member services system may control voter information for all members of a group eligible to vote in a specific election. The election services system may control the voting process, including receiving votes from members, without having access to the voter information controlled by the member services system. The two entities might be configured so that no single person or organization may connect the voter information to a particular vote. This separation of voter information from information in the members' votes may comply with various government regulations relating to elections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: CCComplete, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald B. Feldkamp, G. Scott Scholler, Michael J. Baum, Robert C. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20090224030
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ballot box assembly for securely storing a paper ballot generated by an interactive user terminal includes a housing, a ballot storage chamber, an aperture and a drive assembly. The housing is provided for holding the ballot generated by the interactive user terminal. The housing includes a coupling portion for removeably securing the housing to the interactive user terminal. The ballot storage chamber is disposed within the housing. The aperture is provided for receiving the ballot from the interactive user terminal when the housing is secured to the interactive user terminal. The aperture passes through the housing. The drive assembly is provided for conveying the ballot from the aperture to the inner ballot storage chamber. The drive assembly selectively blocks passage of the ballot between the aperture and the ballot storage chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventor: James L. Kapsis