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Barcodes DO NOT Contain VUIDs
Confusion in election administration is not good as it undermines trust in elections.
As changes are made to how elections are run rumors about new processes proliferate. Direct Action Texas researches questions and investigates concerning reports to educate voters and ensure trust in elections is maintained.
New machines that produce a paper ballot backup DO NOT have information about the voter casting the ballot contained within printed barcodes.
There have been rumors circulating that the barcode on the ballot contains the VUID of the voter casting the ballot or alternatively that the ballot would be traceable to the voter by reverse engineering.
Obviously, the former would betray the secrecy of the ballot, something that is ensured in the process of certifying election equipment.
Note, the machines on which votes are cast are separate from those that check voters in and assign ballot styles. This bifurcates identifying information about the voter casting the vote.
As for reverse engineering who cast which ballot, this is a process that can be attempted in any vote casting regime and is only reliable in a single voter precinct. Even with check-in times known, ballot casting times vary greatly from person to person.
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