RE: Barcode Redux

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Fri Jun 04 2004 - 18:37:33 CDT

At 5:27 PM -0500 6/4/04, John Payson wrote:
>I personally would favor using what I'd call "big-dot" codes to encode votes.
>Just have areas on the form which will be black if a particular candidate is
>selected, or blank if not, much as would be the case on "optical
>scan" ballots.
>Such an approach would have the advantage that the actual marking of candidate
>selections could be done by the voters if desired, with a scanner/printer just
>filling in some validation information.

To do so, you need a pre-printed ballot form for each ballot type,
you need precise printer registration for computer printing over the
pre-printed ballot form, and you need a way to give the the right
pre-printed ballot forms to the right voter (based on party for
primaries and precinct for multi-precinct polling place).

There are lots of seemingly good ideas that don't necessarily pan out
when you consider their implications.

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
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