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joe.lang.0000 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 10 17:47:08 CDT 2015
It takes that long because the clerks have no idea what tab does. Watch somebody who does and see how fast they can fill in a form. Mouse actually slows down data entry a lot.
> On Sep 10, 2015, at 6:29 PM, Chuck Guzis <cclist at sydex.com> wrote:
>> On 09/10/2015 02:32 PM, Jay Jaeger wrote:
>> Or the infamous "hanging chad" punch(ed) ;) cards from son of
>> Bush's first election. I got an operational Documation card reader
>> from Texas a few years back that was retired as a result of that
> Oregon is a vote-by-mail state exclusively. There were no polling places for the 2000 Presidential election. Before that, we were a conventional come to a polling place and use a small punch tool state. Never saw a voting machine. The current mail system (well, you can turn in a ballot at several places in most cities; mail needn't be used) uses mark-sense cards. Unlike the old mark-sense cards, you're instructed to fill the space in with black ink, not pencil.
> But cards are the operative system currently.
> Which reminds me--I went over to the local DMV to renew my "papers". Since the terrorism craze, the state has changed the rules for verifying identity to now include a birth certificate (heaven knows why). What shocked me was the process. Each clerk took the about-to-expire ID and a paper form filled out by the applicant and painstakingly re-entered all the information on a simple dumb keyboard terminal, then swiveled the terminal to the customer to verify the information and manuall correct it if necessary. Positioning to the appropriate field was done via cursor keystrokes--not a mouse or glidepad or touchscreen anywhere to be seen.
> All of this typing, cursor movement, etc. by itself took more than 10 minutes for each customer.
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