Hand Count Paper Ballots
My only innovation here is to use a high-end counting scale in order to count the stacks of sorted ballots. The worst case in Wisconsin is the Village of Brown Deer. Here is what it would take to count 7080 ballots of 10 partisan races by hand in one night.
The current trend is there may be no certifiable equipment available on the market by midnight of January 1, 2006. If so, hand counting paper ballots may be the only HAVA-compliant answer available to the State of Wisconsin.
The more I know about voting machinery, the more I am drawn to the conclusion the most trustworthy, most secure, and least expensive system is hand counting paper ballots during a local canvass performed on election night at the polling location by adversarial, partisan poll inspectors where the local canvass is open to the public. Wisconsin statute requires all of these elements except the hand counting.
Now, getting the Cities of Milwaukee, Madison, Racine, and Kenosha to actually obey Wisconsin Chapter 7.51 on local board canvassing is another matter altogether. The Wisconsin system for local board canvassing would work if the Wisconsin-style canvasses were actually performed in every municipality in the state.