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Ballot Image Samples

Citizens Oversight (2019-08-19) Ray Lutz

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More Info: Audit Engine, Election Audits, Election Integrity, Open Ballot Initiative

General

Ballots are desiged by election systems to be compatible with (usually) fairly simplistic optical scanning system (very few detectors. The database of election systems is here: https://www.verifiedvoting.org/verifier/

ES&S Ballot Specification

Sample Election data files from Dane County, WI (2019 Spring Election)

  • Data for all ballots in this election: https://countyofdane.sharefile.com/share/view/s2e1a08e987345268
  • It appears that they have now standardized on PDF format rather than PBM
  • This county uses ES&S DS200 or DS850 scanners.
  • About 154K ballots in this county election. See XLS files. First one is limited to first 100K records.
  • There are ~208 ballot styles in this set. Different style means different contests included on the ballot.
    • In general, there are between probably 100 to 900 styles in any given district.
    • The style is shown in the upper RH corner of the ballot (would vary due to ballot design by other vendor equipment.
  • Here are some sample images from this set.
  • Structure of the archive:
    • 2019 Spring Election Ballot Images.zip 2.032 GB
      • T Albion Wds 1-2
        • Nonpartisan
          • 203403c.pdf (34KB) -- PDF version of cast vote record -- PLEASE NOTE: These files are simply a pdf printout of the cast vote record for this ballot, which is already available as a .xlsx file. There is no need to OCR these pdf files because the data is already available.
          • 203403i.pdf (34KB) -- PDF ballot images, front and back
          • ... 836 items (418 pdf files, two images each)
      • T Berry Wds 1-2
        • Nonpartisan
          • 203005c.pdf (45kB)
          • 203005i.pdf (38KB)
          • ... 796 items (398 pdf files, two images each)
      • ... total of 49 total folders
    • 2019 Spring Election Ballot Images-1.zip 2.671 GB
    • 2019 Spring Election Ballot Images-2.zip 2.367 GB
    • 2019 Spring Election Ballot Images-3.zip 1.922 GB
    • 2019 Spring Election Ballot Images-4.zip 2.026 GB
    • 2019 Spring Election Cast Vote Records.xlsx 83 MB (100K records)
    • 2019 Spring Election Cast Vote Records.xlsx 42 MB ( 54K records)

Sample Election data files from Dane County, WI (2016 November Election)

  • This is an earlier election and they use uncompressed PBM format, then ZIP compress. It performs pretty well.
  • There is a separate image file for the front and rear, denoted by 'F' and 'R' characters in the file name.
  • We can note that these ballots are not optimal for scanning because they use "gray scale" background in contest names causing the text to
  • Structure of the archive:
03/03/2017  04:10 PM     2,199,450,541 2_Dunkirk to Fitchburg.zip
03/03/2017  04:54 PM     3,565,565,710 1_Albion to DeForest.zip
03/04/2017  12:46 AM     1,449,300,751 4_Madison City Wards 19 to 31.zip
03/04/2017  01:44 AM     2,549,097,540 3_Madison City Wards 1 to 21.zip
03/04/2017  09:00 AM     4,361,012,127 6_Maple Bluff to Mt Horeb (4).zip
03/04/2017  09:21 AM     5,900,596,696 7_Oregon to Sun Prairie.zip
03/04/2017  04:08 PM    13,081,950,177 5_Madison City Wards 40 - Madison Town.zip
  • 2_Dunkirk to Fitchburg.zip
    • Dunkirk Town Wards 1-6.zip
      • Dunkirk Town Wards 1-6 (and 6 more folders like this one.)
01/01/2017  01:00 AM           612,181 N0000190000DS011339036442c2318c33a1b13R.pbm
01/01/2017  01:00 AM           611,749 N0000190000DS01133903644302d4996f32923F.pbm
01/01/2017  01:00 AM           610,237 N0000190000DS01133903644302d4996f32923R.pbm
01/01/2017  01:00 AM           609,157 N0000190000DS011339036443475754560c3f5F.pbm
01/01/2017  01:00 AM           610,237 N0000190000DS011339036443475754560c3f5R.pbm
01/01/2017  01:00 AM           612,181 N0000190000DS01133903644348e21d5a92999F.pbm
... snip ...
01/01/2017  01:00 AM           610,669 W0000190000DS01133903646c6f11a32e2f294F.pbm
01/01/2017  01:00 AM           611,749 W0000190000DS01133903646d01e3d0350a2a2F.pbm
01/01/2017  01:00 AM           610,669 W0000190000DS01133903647bc9989f1491128F.pbm
            2458 File(s)  1,501,524,010 bytes

Ballots from Osceola, Florida (August 30, 2016 Primary)

  • These are PDFs with two images each, including the front and back of each sheet.
  • Grayscale contest name area is difficult to scan as characters bleed.
  • The "D100" might be the style indicator, not sure. But these are all the Democratic primary ballots
  • This appears to be the same election system as the one used in Dane County in 2019.
  • Examples:

Los Angeles Ballot Layout Standard

This includes spec for ballot marking device output which uses 2d barcode which we must not trust

Other ballot layouts

There are a number of examples of ballot layouts at this link: http://civicdesign.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/

Voter Intent Standards

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Title Ballot Image Samples
Publisher Citizens Oversight
Author Ray Lutz
Pub Date 2019-08-19
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1433i.pdfpdf 1433i.pdf manage 299 K 2019-08-22 - 18:40 Raymond Lutz  
1580i.pdfpdf 1580i.pdf manage 283 K 2019-08-22 - 18:40 Raymond Lutz  
1658i.pdfpdf 1658i.pdf manage 261 K 2019-08-22 - 18:40 Raymond Lutz  
1719i.pdfpdf 1719i.pdf manage 288 K 2019-08-22 - 18:41 Raymond Lutz  
1730i.pdfpdf 1730i.pdf manage 282 K 2019-08-22 - 18:41 Raymond Lutz  
1731i.pdfpdf 1731i.pdf manage 285 K 2019-08-22 - 18:41 Raymond Lutz  
1782i.pdfpdf 1782i.pdf manage 189 K 2019-08-22 - 18:41 Raymond Lutz  
1844i.pdfpdf 1844i.pdf manage 107 K 2019-08-22 - 18:42 Raymond Lutz  
1989i.pdfpdf 1989i.pdf manage 129 K 2019-08-22 - 18:42 Raymond Lutz  
1994i.pdfpdf 1994i.pdf manage 95 K 2019-08-22 - 18:42 Raymond Lutz  
203005i.pdfpdf 203005i.pdf manage 44 K 2019-08-22 - 17:10 Raymond Lutz Style 6
203006i.pdfpdf 203006i.pdf manage 37 K 2019-08-22 - 17:11 Raymond Lutz Style 4
203403i.pdfpdf 203403i.pdf manage 33 K 2019-08-20 - 02:47 Raymond Lutz Dane County 2019 Spring Election
203404i.pdfpdf 203404i.pdf manage 33 K 2019-08-20 - 02:48 Raymond Lutz Dane County 2019 Spring Election
203405i.pdfpdf 203405i.pdf manage 33 K 2019-08-20 - 02:48 Raymond Lutz Dane County 2019 Spring Election
203406i.pdfpdf 203406i.pdf manage 33 K 2019-08-22 - 17:05 Raymond Lutz  
203407i.pdfpdf 203407i.pdf manage 33 K 2019-08-22 - 17:06 Raymond Lutz  
BallotProductionGuide.pdfpdf BallotProductionGuide.pdf manage 863 K 2019-09-04 - 22:52 Raymond Lutz Includes ES&S Ballot specification
N0000180000DS01133903640a28cfeb5101b26F.pbmpbm N0000180000DS01133903640a28cfeb5101b26F.pbm manage 596 K 2019-08-22 - 18:10 Raymond Lutz  
N0000180000DS01133903640a28cfeb5101b26R.pbmpbm N0000180000DS01133903640a28cfeb5101b26R.pbm manage 596 K 2019-08-22 - 18:10 Raymond Lutz  
N0000180000DS01133903640a2ee5ec21ac4f3F.pbmpbm N0000180000DS01133903640a2ee5ec21ac4f3F.pbm manage 595 K 2019-08-22 - 18:09 Raymond Lutz  
N0000180000DS01133903640a2ee5ec21ac4f3F.pdfpdf N0000180000DS01133903640a2ee5ec21ac4f3F.pdf manage 228 K 2019-08-22 - 18:18 Raymond Lutz  
N0000180000DS01133903640a2ee5ec21ac4f3R.pbmpbm N0000180000DS01133903640a2ee5ec21ac4f3R.pbm manage 595 K 2019-08-22 - 18:09 Raymond Lutz  
N0000180000DS01133903640a2ee5ec21ac4f3R.pdfpdf N0000180000DS01133903640a2ee5ec21ac4f3R.pdf manage 88 K 2019-08-22 - 18:20 Raymond Lutz  
N0000180000DS01133903640a2ee90a1f5a926F.pbmpbm N0000180000DS01133903640a2ee90a1f5a926F.pbm manage 596 K 2019-08-22 - 18:09 Raymond Lutz  
N0000180000DS01133903640a2ee90a1f5a926R.pbmpbm N0000180000DS01133903640a2ee90a1f5a926R.pbm manage 597 K 2019-08-22 - 18:10 Raymond Lutz  
VSAP-Ballots-RFI-Final-with-Attachments.pdfpdf VSAP-Ballots-RFI-Final-with-Attachments.pdf manage 6 MB 2019-09-04 - 22:40 Raymond Lutz Ballot specification for new LA voting machines
Topic revision: r7 - 2019-11-23, RaymondLutz
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