RE: Barcode Redux

From: Karl Auerbach <karl_at_cavebear_dot_com>
Date: Fri Jun 04 2004 - 20:59:59 CDT

On Fri, 4 Jun 2004, John Payson wrote:

> One issue people seem to miss is that, to prevent mischief, a scanner should
> examine ballots before acceptance to confirm there are no inappropriate marks
> anywhere on the ballot.

This seems like a useful thought. How deep should such a "pre-casting"
inspection go? If there is both human-readible text and a bar code,
should both be inspected for gunk? I'm assuming this would be a
inspection done by a memory-less machine, otherwise there would be privacy
issues.

Has this been a problem in the past with legacy elections? In Santa Cruz
we still use mark-sense cards (or did at the last election) - and I don't
think anybody checked that I hadn't smeared chocolate or other kinds of
nasty compounds on my onto my mark-sense cards. I guess "gumming up the
works" isn't just a colorful phrase. ;-)

                --karl--
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