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


> 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

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

Alan D.
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