Re: Disabilities (was Re: Barcode -- printed ballot)

From: <Adechert_at_aol_dot_com>
Date: Sat Sep 13 2003 - 15:50:28 CDT

In a message dated 9/13/03 12:12:56 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
edward.cherlin@etssg.com writes:
>
> What is the list of disabilities we havo to deal with, besides
> the blind and visually impaired?
>
In general, I'd say it's people that don't get around very well. Our general
remedy here, I think, will be to provide a mobile unit like they do in
Oregon. We could have a laptop outfitted with a printer that could be taken outside
of the polling place on Election Day or taken to someones home before
Election Day. However, this is a consideration for the production system.

We will only worry about blind and visually impaired for the demo.

........

>
> For the demo it would then be useful to include a bit to say
> whether there is a write-in.
>
That is included already. When I mention the 116 bit string that represents
the selections, that refers to all the radio buttons you see here:

http://home.earthlink.net/~adechert/ballot-mockup3.gif

(actually, except for the county commissioner race, I think we've agreed that
all the others will be checkboxes).

> Then we can demonstrate sorting out
> those that have the write-in bit set to let the poll workers
> read the printed information.
>
Okay.

> > We also need to find some free barcode software. I found this
> > but I'm not sure it will work for us since it seems to need a
> > Postscript printer, which may be too expensive for the demo.
>
> On Linux, all output is through PostScript. The printing system
> software translates for non-PostScript printers. ...
>
I did not know that. For real?

> In any case, you can borrow my PostScript laser printer for
> demonstrations.
>
Early on, I was suggesting an HP LaserJet 5L because they can be had dirt
cheap and I had a very good experience with the one I used to have. David has
said he would like to see a nice new one so we might have better confidence --
no paper jams, smears, etc. If we can get the money for them, I would like to
see us get some HP LaserJet 1300s. They are light, handle postscript, and do
1200x1200 resolution. Moreover, the printout comes out horizontal face down,
which is exactly what we want for privacy reasons. Also, they hold enough
paper (250 sheets) so that they should never require refilling over the course of
Election Day (typical voting machine will only produce 70 or so ballots on
average, so even allowing max usage and lots of re-dos, they should hold all the
paper needed). The HP 1300 can be had for around $350 or less.

Alan D.
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