Re: Not your ordinary barcode

From: Lou Montulli <lou_at_montulli_dot_org>
Date: Mon Apr 19 2004 - 11:27:40 CDT

David Mertz wrote:

> On Apr 18, 2004, at 8:37 PM, Lou Montulli wrote:
>
>> I am another member that has a strong fondness for getting rid of
>> barcodes. To that end I have been helping to develop an open source
>> software solution for doing ballot reading based on OCR. There are
>> three students at the University of Nevada working on it right now:
>> http://www.cs.unr.edu/~wsmith/cs426/index.html
>
>
> This looks good Lou, quite likely of possible reuse by OVC. A few
> questions/comments:
>
> (1) Is your project producing Free Software, so that we could reuse
> your code? (if we decide we want to).
>
That's the idea. At the end of the project I will ask the students to
assign their rights to a GNU or other free source license.

> (2) Your referenced website uses somewhat self-contradictory phrases
> like "DRE with paper records." I think many people have conflated
> DREs with touch screens, but the issue of how results are recorded is
> mostly independent of how they are collected. While I like OVC better
> than Sequoia's VVR, it does seem like Sequoia's is NOT a DRE (btw. you
> misspell Sequoia sometimes).
>
Sequoia's VVR is a touch screen DRE, it is a direct competitor to the
Diebold machine. The software produced doesn't really care, it tries to
be as generic as possible with regard to ballot counting.

> (3) If you/we are in a position to control the layout of ballots,
> adding registration marks can make it easier to identify the exact
> meaning (and expected fonts, etc) in each page position. Even a
> couple guides can automate page alignment.

I agree, unfortunately we will not always be in a position of control.

:lou

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