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

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