ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 27, 2022 — Kodak Alaris has introduced a new scanning solution to automate the processing of mail-in ballot envelopes for elections in the United States. The Mail-in Ballot Processing Solution will help county election offices to successfully process ballot envelopes and verify voter signatures.
When ballots are received by mail, a Kodak i4000 Series Scanner is used to scan both sides of each ballot envelope. Envelopes are stamped with the scan date, time, and batch number. The voter’s signature is captured off the envelope and compared against the signature database to generate a comparison score. This score will trigger an automatic signature validation, or flag it for further verification. Validated signature and ballot information is then delivered to the county’s Election Management Software.
“Voting by mail has increased 40% since 1992, and many states have expanded eligibility and accelerated acceptance of mail-in ballots since the 2020 pandemic,” said Joseph Odore, Product Portfolio Marketing Manager at Kodak Alaris. “Counties can now use this fast, reliable, and cost-effective solution to help them keep pace with this growing trend.”
There are now more than 3,000 counties in the United States with requirements for mail-in ballots for federal and local elections. Automating the ballot intake process helps counties reduce their operating costs during an election cycle. In addition, this solution delivers up to a 95% increase in ballot processing efficiency, and the automated signature verification is accurate up to 99%. This significantly reduces the number of ballot signatures that require manual verification. The software automatically rejects ballots that were intended for a different county or election, further reducing the risk of errors.
The Mail-in Ballot Processing Solution includes a Kodak i4000 Series Scanner and imprinter accessory that stamps the envelope with the date, time, and batch number. It also includes specialized software from Logicworks and a license to Parascript’s signature verification system. Professional installation of hardware and software and support services are also included.
For more information, please visit the Kodak Alaris Mail-in Ballot Processing webpage.