The process of voting in USA seems to boil down to about 5 steps
- Identify your eligibility to vote;
- Receive a list of choices (blank ballot or voting software)
- Make and mark your choices (completed ballot)
- Lodge your choices (cast ballot either postal, absentee or in-person)
- Have your choices counted and acknowledged.(usually by machine)
Traditionally this is the order in which these steps take place but concepts like Whitney's Mark Anywhere have potentially moved 1 to position 3 without risk to system integrity. The upshot of this is that generation of the completed ballot can take place anywhere and involve the most convenient method for the voter including using such concepts as Ipad Absentee Voting or EZ Ballot. This would also include home computers, smart phones and any other device (including in polling place machines) that can produce a completed ballot either printed directly on appropriate stock or transferred to removable media.
With a device like a portable Ipad Absentee Voting kiosk choices could be input directly or be provided through removable media from EZ Ballot devices, conventional computer, tablet, smart phone etc.
The physical output from the voting process using these methods can be a summary of actual choices both human and machine readable potentially about the size of a bus ticket or a business card at most.
This then becomes the completed ballot which can then be machine read at the polling place using a machine similar to a bus ticket validating machine that displays the voters choice to be (cast) confirmed (or rejected). Once confirmed a similar ticket summary is produced for the voter to take home as a receipt.and the original is counted and stored for audit/manual review if necessary.
With a bus ticket size ballot it then becomes practical to take the voting machine to the voter rather than the other way around.
Voting vans could contain:
an electronic/online roll (to identify legitimate voters);
an EZ Ballot for step-wise voting (including audio prompting);
a portable Ipad Absentee Voting Kiosk
(that can produce a bus ticket size completed ballot either directly or from removable media from a variety of sources including the EZ Ballot); and
a relatively small Voting Machine (like bus ticket validation)
Polling places could have appropriate multiples of this equipment.
For situations where a physical list of options (blank ballot) is necessary Daniel Dore's Bar Code Voting concept is a promising option.