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8. November 2021


Vote counting in the Bavarian Parliament

A special OMR development by DATAWIN halves the counting time of votes in the Bavarian State Parliament and leads quickly and reliably to precise evaluations.

The Bavarian State Parliament, with its seat in the Maximilianeum in Munich, passes in particular state laws and bills introduced by members of the parliamentary groups. Around 200 members of parliament discuss and pass all Bavarian laws.

Initial situation:
Special voting cards overtax predecessor device

When voting is conducted by name, special voting cards are used. A barcode is applied to these credit card-sized voting cards on which the representative’s vote and ID are coded. As soon as all the ballots have been cast, the voting cards are read in and evaluated. The device that was previously used gave rise to technical problems. It was an elaborate and time-consuming process to subsequently process voting cards that had not been read in. Moreover, the voting cards always had to be inserted in the same direction during reading in, because the barcode could only be read at a particular position.

Project aims:
Fast evaluation, stable counting processes

The result of a voting process must be available within a matter of minutes. The counting must therefore proceed in a stable and reliable manner. During the reading in of the voting cards, easy handling of the device and maximum clarity of the evaluation software are of the utmost importance.

Project description:
A DATAWIN OMR is customized to meet the customer’s specific needs

As early as the product presentation, the DATAWIN reader convincingly demonstrated its simple operation. So that in the future the voting cards no longer need pre-sorting nor time-consuming alignment, an additional modification of the reader was made within the scope of a brief development phase. By the integration of two barcode read heads for the front and back sides of the cards, the barcode can be recorded independent of the position of the card. Thus the insertion of the plastic cards that are used here is fast and uncomplicated. In order to be able to read the voting cards quickly and without problems in spite of the greater thickness of the material, the transport mechanism was adapted to the dimensions and the weight of the cards. Up to 60 cards per minute can thus be processed by the device.

Besides this, special software was developed by DATAWIN GmbH for the evaluation process. In the form of a validation test, the program checks for possible duplicates or defective cards. As a result of this customized overall solution, it was possible to shorten the processing time for a voting procedure in the Bavarian Parliament by up to 50%.

Customer testimonial:

„The product convinced us. We are very satisfied with the order processing and with the customer proximity of DATAWIN GmbH.

Hubert Kohl, associate in the Office of Information and Communication, Bayerischer Landtag


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