Mail Ballot Verifier®
INBOUND MAIL BALLOT PROCESSING JUST GOT EASIER!
More and more, voters are using the mail to cast their ballots. While this is a convenient option for voters, processing and verifying these mail ballots can be time consuming and labor intensive for election officials. With the Mail Ballot Verifier (MBV), verifying and sorting returned mail ballots can be fully automated. This reduces costs and labor involved in completing this time-sensitive function.
How does Mail Ballot Verifier work?
The MBV automates or streamlines many of the tasks involved in processing inbound mail ballots, such as:
- Provide time/date receipt endorsement
- Capture an image of the voter’s signature for verification
- Automate and streamline the signature verification process
- Sort based on ballot status, precinct or ballot style
Envelopes are fed into the system, where they are automatically endorsed with time, date and sequence number at a rate of 100 pieces per minute. Mail Ballot Verifier (MBV) captures an image of each envelope. The voter signature is extracted from that image, enabling the use of our advanced signature verification technology. Mail Ballot Verifier (MBV) captures an image of each envelope. The voter signature is extracted from that image, enabling the use of our advanced signature verification technology.
Automated Signature Recognition (ASR)
The industry-proven software is used to automatically compare the voter signature captured from the envelope against the signature on file. Users set a confidence threshold and any signature matching that criteria is automatically flagged as verified, eliminating the need for a manual review.
On-Screen, Side-by-Side Comparison
The MBV provides an on-screen comparison of unverified signatures by displaying both the voter’s and reference signatures side-by-side on a screen. The user simply accepts or rejects the envelope with a single keystroke. This process is 5-10 times faster than the traditional method of manually scanning envelopes. ES&S can provide this on-screen viewing capability, or the MBV can exchange data with a jurisdiction’s existing voter registration system if that functionality is already offered.
Compact and Cost Effective
Unlike other systems on the market, the MBV is compact, quiet and easy to use, making it an ideal solution for the office environments operated by election staff. Additionally, the price of the MBV is significantly less than any other solution on the market — making it cost effective even for jurisdictions processing as few as 10,000 mail ballots.