Re: Let's not scrimp on bit space

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Fri May 07 2004 - 14:19:05 CDT

At 12:00 PM -0700 5/7/04, Alan Dechert wrote:
> > I predict that cost and usability issues suggest that we use
>> a flatbed scanner with Braille guides for the BVA.
>I disagree. There is high risk and complexity by removing the ballot from
>the folder. The BVA station will most like resemble one of those
>price-checking scanners you find at some stores--you pass the barcode under
>the scanner and the price appears on a LED screen. In the BVA case, there
>will be headphones there to put on. No need for a curtain and no need to
>remove the ballot from the folder.

You need not remove the ballot from the folder to use a flatbed
scanner. How do visually impaired voters use things like the
price-check device? On the other hand, placing the ballot, in the
privacy folder, on a flatbed scanner is something that blind people
can do and so can those in wheelchairs.

>Again, trials are needed to see what works the best.


Best regards,

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