Re: Not your ordinary barcode

From: Ed Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Mon Apr 19 2004 - 22:39:30 CDT

Hello Lou:

    Ah, you're forgetting Mom and Apple Pie. Make your registration mark
the Stars and Stripes.

Thanks, Ed Kennedy

----- Original Message -----
From: "Lou Montulli" <lou_at_montulli_dot_org>
To: <voting-project@lists.sonic.net>
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2004 9:27 AM
Subject: Re: [voting-project] Not your ordinary barcode

> 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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