Re: What the voting experts think of barcodes

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Wed Jun 02 2004 - 21:10:28 CDT

Ken,

> So, I agree with the technical arguments. It is silly for anyone
> to see anything wrong with barcodes. And yet ("Oppure si
> muove!") if a large majority of them do, then I advise Open
> Voting to accept that, and switch to OCR enthusiastically
> and with all speed. .....
>
FYI, the barcode was added to the scheme more than three years ago on the
advice of Ryan Ronco, assistant ROV of Placer County CA (the county where I
live). Very few people have said they'd like to see no barcode. Notables
that have objected to the barcode include Avi Rubin. I note that Avi never
responded to my counter. Our own CTO, Doug Jones, has expressed a desire to
move away from barcodes (esp. non-human readable ones). I seriously doubt
that a "large majority" object to barcodes. It's easy enough to find that
out.

I like Karl's suggestion of the barcode as "secondary." The voter-verified
text is primary.

Alan D.
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