Re: Alternatives to a single bar code

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Wed May 05 2004 - 12:42:14 CDT

Karl,

> San Francisco is doing its first STV based election. If it catches on we
> will see a significant increase in the number of bits required to
> represent a ballot.
>
One county. There are 2,219 counties--not many of which do things like they
do in San Francisco.

> There have been times when ballots here in California have had on the
> order of 40 to 50 races and questions. If even a small number of those
> start using ranked counting methods the bit count is going to get rather
> large.
>
Please provide one specific example.

> And a message digest, needed for digital signatures, is going to consume
> at least another 16 to 32 bits.
>
> To me the 2D stuff is a no brainer - it gets nearly two orders of
> magnitude more bits at no real increase in software cost ....
>
Do we have GPL 2-d software?

> .... and only a tiny increment (an increment that may fade
> away over time) in hardware cost.
>
Maybe. However, so far, this project has zero experience with 2-D. What
other problems happen with 2-D?

Alan D.
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