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Software for petition database needs human assistance
JSOnline ^ | 1-21-12 | Patrick marley

Posted on 01/21/2012 10:43:47 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic

Madison - In their effort to review 1.9 million recall signatures, state election officials are embarking on a project unlike any they have done before, relying on newly purchased software that can convert handwritten names into entries in six searchable databases.

Experts say that the type of software the state is using can produce databases in a short time, but that officials must be ready to address numerous errors because computers sometimes misread handwritten letters.

"Handwriting recognition software is not great," said Daniel Lopresti, a computer science professor at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. "A lot of the names are going to have errors in them."

Democrats submitted signatures to recall Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican state senators Tuesday.

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The state is spending about $100,000 to buy Artsyl Technologies' docAlpha software and get technical advice. State workers are electronically scanning the petitions so the software can read the printed names on them and convert them into typewritten characters.

The computer determines what each name is and then shows it to a computer operator alongside an image of how it appeared on the petition. The operator will fix any errors before allowing the name to be entered into the database, said Jeff Moore, chief sales officer for Artsyl.

"There's a visual verification of everything," he said. "Someone's going to be looking to say, 'That's John Doe, not Jean Doe.' "

In the past, the accountability board has left it to those facing recalls to find problem signatures. But Waukesha County Circuit Judge J. Mac Davis recently sided with Walker's campaign in a lawsuit and said the board must do more to find duplicate and fictitious names.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: database; gab; software; walker; wisconsinshowdown

1 posted on 01/21/2012 10:43:53 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; TaMoDee; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; ..

Wisconsin Recall Signature Verification Procedure (GAB) Ping

If you want your name on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list just FReep Mail me.


2 posted on 01/21/2012 10:47:27 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"Someone's going to be looking to say, 'That's John Doe, not Jean Doe.' "

That reminded me of the hanging chads picture, remember the one I mean?

Please Lord, protect Governor Walker..

3 posted on 01/21/2012 11:10:24 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (I'm endorsing O'bama AND Romney as all my guys & gals don't make it very far. Go Barry! Go Mitt!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’d like to help with this effort if I can, so ping me.


4 posted on 01/21/2012 11:12:06 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Brad's Gramma

5 posted on 01/21/2012 11:38:50 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: SpaceBar

Thank you, that’s the one.

Why do I have this feeling we’re (WI) about to go through something similar. (don’t answer, y’all know what it is)


6 posted on 01/21/2012 11:44:52 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (I'm endorsing O'bama AND Romney as all my guys & gals don't make it very far. Go Barry! Go Mitt!)
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To: Brad's Gramma

My first impression of the story was that it sounded very Cloward-Piven like, as if intentional to overwhelm the system.


7 posted on 01/21/2012 11:54:13 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: SpaceBar

I certainly wouldn’t doubt it, SpaceBar.


8 posted on 01/22/2012 12:16:52 AM PST by Bradís Gramma (I'm endorsing O'bama AND Romney as all my guys & gals don't make it very far. Go Barry! Go Mitt!)
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To: Persevero

You are on the list.


9 posted on 01/22/2012 5:29:24 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Once scanned, they should post all of the petitions on line.


10 posted on 01/22/2012 6:50:32 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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