Re: Bar Code Scheme for Ballot

From: Edward Cherlin <edward_dot_cherlin_at_etssg_dot_com>
Date: Tue Aug 26 2003 - 17:37:10 CDT

On Tuesday 26 August 2003 03:21 pm, Alan Dechert wrote:
> Ed,
> > Any sheet-fed scanner can create image files of the bar-code
> > areas on the ballots, and we can get free software to decode
> > the images. We don't need expensive proprietary
> > single-function devices.
> I don't think this will work -- too many steps.
> These are voters that just want to quickly verify their
> ballots.
> At Target (store), you hold the barcoded item under a mounted
> scanner and look at the readout to see the price instantly.
> It should be just as simple for the voter -- except they put
> on headphones and listen to the selections read back.
> Alan Dechert

Ah, wrong context. The sheet-fed scanner is for headquarters.

OK. The voter goes into the verification booth, places the ballot
on a scanner that looks like a copy machine, and pushes a
button. The votes appear on a screen, (or are read out on
headphones), and disappear when the voter picks up the ballot.

You can get decent scanners for $50 or less, but we may want to
pay more for accuracy and reliability. Testing will tell us the
answer to that.

Edward Cherlin, Simputer Evangelist
Encore Technologies (S) Pte. Ltd.
Computers for all of us,
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