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.
Done.

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
http://www.simputerland.com, http://cherlin.blogspot.com
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