Re: comments on the bit encoding scheme

From: Alan Dechert <adechert_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Thu Oct 23 2003 - 09:55:56 CDT

Chris,
>
> 2) Ballot numbers: It occurred to me that some counties may not use
> purely digit ballot numbers. For our demo this will not be problem
> but we should not make such assumptions in the future!!!
>
Oh yeah. Another thing I forgot to mention. I believe our standing
proposal on this is that the ballot number is NOT purely numeric -- even the
last 4 digits. The first of these 4 digits will represent the PC id.
Ordinarily, we'd expect no more than 7 or so PCs to be used as voting
machines for any given precinct. So, ten should be plenty. However, Arthur
pointed out we should give ourselves a little more headroom. So the first
digit could be alpha-numeric -- hex or even base-36. But, again, these are
considerations for the production software. For the demo, we will only
worry about 0 - 9999.

Alan D.
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