Re: FAQ # 25

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Mon Dec 15 2003 - 17:07:17 CST


> I urge that we deemphasize or eliminate the phrase "bar code"
> from our discussion. .........
Another thing in favor of barcodes: They are ubiquitous and trusted. There
are about 50 things within three steps from where I am sitting right now
that I can scan with my [one dollar] barcode scanner: books, beer cans,
boxes, Priority Mail envelop, magazines, and various other products.

After my presentation at UCSC on Oct 26, one guy stood up and explained why
he liked our system and why it made sense to him. One of his remarks had to
do with the barcode. He was in accounting and said that that's the way they
do all their inventory.

I added the barcode to the proposal after a meeting with the Placer County
registrar of voters office (Registrar Jim McCauley and staff) in April of
2001. The assistant registrar, Ryan Ronco, said, "put a barcode on there."
I said, "we could do that."

Trust and familiarity are important. Don't knock that.

Alan D.
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