Historical election that won't fit in 1-D barcode

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Wed May 05 2004 - 22:47:00 CDT

On May 5, 2004, at 8:13 PM, Steve Chessin wrote:
> Here's a fairly long ballot, especially if you treat each plurality
> race as if it were a ranked-choice race:
> http://www.smartvoter.org/uvote4/uvote4.cgi?
> addr=1719++WILSHIRE+BL&date=2002/11/05&zip=90403
> 29 seats to be filled (95 candidates), 19 yes/no judges, 7 yes/no state
> measures, 9 yes/no local measures.

Bingo!

I don't think treating contests "as if" they were something other than
what they are is quite reasonable. But even without that assumption,
this one looks like it definitely exceed the 1-D bandwidth. Again, I
haven't used election-entropy to calculate the exact optimal encoding
length, but I've gotten good at eyeballing while writing it.
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