Re: What the voting experts think of barcodes

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Wed Jun 02 2004 - 19:37:29 CDT

At 3:05 PM -0400 6/2/04, David Mertz wrote:
>Btw. I think the above helps explain why I myself have been somewhat
>reluctant to move from 1-D to 2-D barcodes. Someone like Karl
>Auerbach or Arthur Keller love the idea of having plenty of
>breathing room for extra information: more contests, cryptographic
>codes, etc. Karl helped design the internet, which is now suffering
>a squeeze on available IP addresses. But I *LIKE* the idea of a
>barcode that simply doesn't have the ROOM to encode anything
>extraneous. Sure, I don't think Karl is going to insert a list of
>all my friends, enemies, shopping habits, and past votes into the
>expansive data space of a 2-D barcode. But if he wanted to, there's
>plenty of data available for mischievous purposes.

How long is the barcode for the superlong ballot with the many
contests. What happens if IRV or other ranked preference voting
scheme is adopted? How about digital signature(s)? How will you
encode write-in votes and report them on the BVA?

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
tel +1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
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