Re: Proposed Electronic Ballot Image Format for

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Mon Aug 25 2003 - 08:18:53 CDT

On Sunday, August 24, 2003, at 05:23 PM, Alan Dechert wrote:

>> One big problem is, I don't like non-human-readable barcodes on
>> paper ballots. We've gone over this before, and we may just have
>> to agree to disagree.
>>
> Right.
>
> You'd have a chance of convincing me if you could show me how a blind
> person
> can retain a secret ballot and still obtain verification from a printed
> ballot with some other method different from what I described.

For blind voters, the frog model suggested by MIT/Caltech and used
by Avante would work. Given an open standard for ballot encoding
on a paper ballot (any open standard will do, barcode or human
readable), buy ballot scanner/verifier devices from a third party
that allow voters to verify that the machine readable content
is correct. These scanners should have display screens and
also text to speech capacity.

                                Doug Jones
                                jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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