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Publication numberUS3648022 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 7, 1972
Filing dateOct 20, 1969
Priority dateOct 20, 1969
Publication numberUS 3648022 A, US 3648022A, US-A-3648022, US3648022 A, US3648022A
InventorsArnold G Cook
Original AssigneeAutomatic Voting Machine Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Method for tabulating election returns
US 3648022 A
Abstract
A novel election ballot counting method and system utilizing data processing equipment and capable of providing an itemized total of the votes cast for each vote choice in an election accommodating ballot format variation including candidate rotation.
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United States Patent Cook [ 1 Mar. 7, 1972 METHOD FOR TABULATING ELECTION RETURNS Arnold G. Cook, River Forest, 111.

Automatic Voting Machine Corporation, Jamestown, NY.

Oct. 20, 1969 Inventor:

Assignee:

Filed:

Appl. No.:

, named as. Application om Continuation of Ser. No. 509,911, Nov. 26, 1965, abandoned.

US. Cl. "235/613 R, 101/93 C, 235/56,

PRE-ELECTION References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1/1966 Clark 235/54 F 11/1965 Holzer et al. ..235/61.7 12/1965 Railsback et al. ..235/55 x 7/1960 Martin ...235l6l.603 x 5/1962 Beman ..235/61.9 8/1962 Lindquist..... ...235/61.603 x 10/1965 Atkinson ..235/61.603 X Primary Examiner-Maynard R. Wilbur Assistant Examiner-Robert M. Kilgore Attorney-Strauch, Nolan, Neale, Nies & Kurz ABSTRACT 12 Claims, 62 Drawing Figures ELECTION NIGHT Ballot Precinct Information Summary Assignment Keypunch of Candidate Input "Count" Codes Cards 2"' q 1 Data 1 set up Bane; "Code" 8|"Gount" 20 tor Keypunch gfi' l t {26 2| 'yp "c Input Error Header and ucodeu Cards Cards Editor Tape 226 /24 Set Up Hwde 2::2' Processor Tapes 9 Dummy Run 0 t t For Code and Head Editor Verification Print Return Patented March 7, 1972 PRE-ELECTION Ballot Information Assignment of Candidate Codes Set Up Ballots for Keypunch Keypunch Header and "Code" Cards Set Up Header To pes "Code" Cards Header .5 5 Sheets-Sheet. 1

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55 Shoots-Shut 15 FEE-ELECTION BALLOT INFORMATION Assignment of Candidate Codes Set up Ballots for Keypunchinp; 8c verifying;

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' 55 Shuts-Shoot 14 ELECTION NIGHT PRINTED RETURNS Keypunch and verify data input "count"cds Manual or Ma.- chine "MATCH- MERGE" System Data Input Code and Count Cards I List cards AVM Input I program I Editor 20MB? l (optional) Program I Log 'IPl I Data card Error List I Listing Program Process Error Program Listing I Repunch and verify cor-- rec-I; input Patented March 7, 1972 55 Shuts-Shut 1s ELECTION NIGHT Sununarize Program Edited Unofficial Returns Program Ed ite Unoi'lic Returns Tape Log, TP

Print Unofficial Returns Program Unofficial Returns POST-ELECTION Endorsed Candi date code cards Endorsed candidate accumulation program Edit Official Returns Program Log TPL Edited Officia Returns Print Official Returns Program 'Offl'iciu].

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Classifications
U.S. Classification235/386, 235/56, 101/93.7
International ClassificationG06F15/10, G06K1/00
Cooperative ClassificationG06K1/00, G06F15/10
European ClassificationG06F15/10, G06K1/00