Re: [OVC-discuss] Printing Vote-by-Mail ballots at home (was Observing process in Placer County CA 4th CD -- Brown v. McClintock)

From: Dylan Hirsch-Shell <dylanhs_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Wed Nov 12 2008 - 10:26:14 CST

After thinking about it another minute I've come to the conclusion that
removing the hassle of having to scan the ballot for verification, along
with the move toward more transparency, makes the direct-text scan superior
-- provided that it doesn't make overall processing time prohibitive.

On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 8:18 AM, Dylan Hirsch-Shell <>wrote:

> Also, I think we need to better understand the use of bar codes to encode
>> the voter's selections. Doing so makes the voter's selections opaque to the
>> voter, as the written text is used only for hand counting not the original
>> count. Instead, if the OCR-A font is used to print the Summary Printed
>> Ballot, would it be better to scan the actual text to determine the voter's
>> selections than rely on an opaque-to-the-voter bar code?
> Would using OCR-A instead of the barcodes introduce a significant increase
> in processing time? I don't see having the text scanned as absolutely
> necessary. If there are scanners at the polling site that will verify to
> the voter that the content of the barcode matches the written summary of the
> voter's selections, then I think this is sufficient. Any voter who would
> question the process after that would likely also question the OCR-A direct
> text scan as well. Ultimately, the argument would go, there is going to be
> another scanner somewhere at the central tabulator that could be programmed
> differently...

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