NH Voter List – Are they that stupid or trying to be self-delusional?

by Skip

Paperless OCRAfter almost 20 years of specializing in document management system, my first thought was “OCR, baby, OCR!”

OK, I think most readers here in NH know about the lawsuit concerning the NH voter list brought by the NH ACLU and NH State Rep Neal Kurk over sending that file to the Trump Administration’s election integrity commission.  Well, I guess there was a settlement in this kerfuffle:

NASHUA — The Secretary of State will proceed with the release of information from voter checklists to a presidential commission on election fraud, now that a lawsuit filed by two New Hampshire lawmakers and the ACLU to stop the release has been resolved.

…The state maintains that Gardner is releasing information from the paper checklists kept by cities and towns, not the statewide electronic voter database launched in 2002 in compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act

One of the big “deals” is that Kurk and others didn’t want the information released in an “electronic database” format that was searchable.  Thus they thought “Hey, PAPER!  Can’t search that, can they?”.  Silly people!  This is a case of people being stupid about technology or willfully wanting to be blinkered.

OCR – Optical Character Recognition.  Heck, even most cheapo MFD (Multi-Function Devices) printer/scanners that you would buy for the family have OCR capability.  Sure, they may be limited to scanning in one page or a few pages at a time, but the tech for a $90 printer (low end) does a decent job.  Now step it up to a commercial heavy-duty cycle single function scanners that can whip through a box of paper in a flash with the result being digitally searchable documents or formats for upload into a database.  There’s the search capability that this “resolution” says it avoids.  Pfft!

So this “solution” is nothing but a smokescreen / Kabuki theater for the rubes.

Oh, by the way, if anyone is looking for such a document management specialist, I’m available after October 12 when my job is eliminated

(H/T: Union Leader)

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