optical reader

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optical reader

[′äp·tə·kəl ′rēd·ər]
(computer science)
A computer data-entry machine that converts printed characters, bar or line codes, and pencil-shaded areas into a computer-input code format.

optical reader

An input device that recognizes typewritten or printed characters and barcodes and converts them into their corresponding digital codes.
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Even replacing punchcards with Marksense will constitute an enormous expense for most jurisdictions.
DRE voting stations and counting equipment are significantly more costly than Marksense or punchcards.
Since each vote has to be verified, the counting process can be painfully slow even when the ballots appear on a Marksense form.
Nonetheless, one preliminary study of voting systems across the country suggests that DRE systems have a higher incidence of roll-off than Marksense, lever machines, or even paper ballots (Alvarez et al.
In Florida, the answer is to replace the punchcard systems with leased Marksense machines.
Craven said: "The key benefit is no systems development work is needed by participating bookmakers, because the same marksense cards can be used and bets will be transmitted to the central Tote systems in the same way.
The bill requires all voters, except disabled voters, to cast a marksense ballot on an optical scan voting system beginning with the fall primary election of 2008; disabled voters may continue to vote on the existing touchscreen equipment through 2012, at which time they must be provided a means to cast an independent, marksense ballot.
Tenders are invited for Printing of Marksense Paper Ballot