Re: Alternatives to a single bar code

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Thu May 06 2004 - 19:42:35 CDT

Steve,

> That's missing my point. Look at it this way: are you designing a
> system that is going to be obsolete if/when IRV snowballs into use?
>
No. There is no such danger. We'll support whatever scoring methods are in
use.

Here's the OVC point of view on this:

We are committed to

1) supporting whatever scoring methods are in use, while

2) remaining neutral on scoring methods (i.e., not promoting IRV in any of
its flavors over any number of other scoring methods including plurality)

This is our position. Period.

IF it's true that supporting IRV makes for a more expensive system and we
require a barcode system that is significantly more expensive than it would
be without IRV, then we'd somewhat jeopardize our neutral position since
we'd be causing jurisdictions to pre-pay the higher cost for IRV before
they've decided to go for it.

We have never said we would definitely go for 1-D over 2-D. We prefer to
keep the system as inexpensive as possible, and we have said we'd study to
see what the real differences are. We have no experience with 2-D and don't
know exactly what the costs are.

Comparisons with DREs are not quite fair since they aren't using barcodes on
their invisible ballots.

As it turns out, we have significantly more information on this than when
this thread started. Karl Auerbach has located GPL software for the most
widely used 2-D encoding scheme and has been able to print some barcodes.
He has also researched scanners some and it appears that in a production
system, the difference may not even be measurable since the more robust type
of scanner we would use at a poll site would likely be the same one for 1-D
or 2-D.

So, it's looking more likely that we will wind up using a 2-D barcode for
the production system. If Karl's findings can be confirmed, we will just
decide on 2-D and move on.

Alan D.
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