Re: Alternatives to a single bar code

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Wed May 05 2004 - 13:49:33 CDT

At 11:43 AM -0700 5/5/04, Alan Dechert wrote:
>> How many different certified configurations do you expect to have
>> available for use (or in use) at any given time? Maintaining such
>> configurations is a nightmare. What experience do you have doing so?
> I have no experience building Open Voting Consortia. So what?

Hey, you used that as an argument against using 2-D barcodes....

>That's what
>I've done and that's what I am doing and that's what I plan to continue
>doing for some years to come. When I'm done, I'll step aside and give the
>job to any of a number of people that happen to understand what I built.
>We will have to have multiple versions of software certified because the
>hardware used as OVC voting machines will change over time. We won't be
>able to dictate that everyone has to buy this new hardware when it becomes
>available or even widespread. 10 years from now, it's possible that some
>jurisdictions will be using 8 yr-old hardware in their voting booths. Some
>jurisdictions may have 1 yr-old hardware in their voting booths. Very
>likely, these hardware configurations will be running different versions of
>OVC software. Would you be surprised if that were the case?

No, I would not be surprised to see legacy configurations in use.
I'd be surprised to see many software and hardware configurations
undergoing active development, especially if certification needs to
be sought for each and every hardware/software configuration. To the
extent that the certification process will be tightened in the
future, and I sure hope it is, that may well have an affect on the

And you should expect if DRE vendors need every configuration
certified and we don't, that there will be lobbying by DRE vendors to
change that.

Best regards,

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