Re: Alternatives to a single bar code

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Wed May 05 2004 - 11:07:38 CDT


> About the scanners. I like them but I would strongly
> suggest that a document feeder be required. While I
> use flat bed scanners all the time, I've often found
> them quite fussy about paper placement. Also, it
> would certainly make it easier for the disabled. The
> scanner I generally use are kind of old and seem slow.
> Are newer scanners quicker? This could be a
> usability issue.
Yes. It's a big usability issue. I doubt there will be scanners at the
precinct other than barcode scanners. Going behind a curtain and taking the
ballot from the folder--too many steps... too many people dropping their
ballots on the floor and such. This is also why I'm skeptical about
replacing the barcode with OCR.

Having said all that, a good full-scale funded study would set up trials and
see how it goes with different scenarios.

Alan D.
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