I was wondering if you thought about the word I mentioned previous. I thought a few of you might remember the word, ‘chad.’ It made the news many years ago in the presidential race between Bush and Gore.
You might remember the election headlines 2020:
HANGING CHADS, RECOUNT AND CONFUSION
For your information:
This is an IBM card, there was a period of time the world centered on the IBM Corp and its famous Card. Most businesses and Government paid by check which was an IBM card. All Government bonds were on IBM cards. Many places we worked used the IBM card for time cards. And Florida used them in elections for ballots.
The card has 80 columns, each column has 12 positions. Combinations of these punches can easily be read by we who know the codes. For instance an ‘A’ is a 12-1 punch in a column, etc.
There were also colored top cards, left corner cuts, right corner cuts and no corner cut cards to further define the card. In business the card was punched then passed to a verifier who uses the source document to re-key & verify the card. The verifying machine cut an ‘OK’ notch on the 80 end to show it has been verified.
The small punched chip is called a chad. They go into a chad box in the key punch machine.
The catch was IBM made cards with all the holes pre-cut 98% thru the card. This allowed for a human to hand punch the card using a punch, there in lay the problem, not all the punches were pushed out, half punch you could say leaving the ‘hanging chad’; so some votes were not counted properly.
Personally I believe MOST people who work our polls are good honest people just like you and I. I know they want their candidate to win, but also want an honest count. I trust them.
The punched card ballot was a good idea in theory, but it was not good in practice. TOO many voters had no idea that not pushing the stylus all the way would cause a problem.
In searching the word 'chad', I learned a lot. Most about the country of Chad. Then there was a UK slang term, I will not discuss here. ;-O.
YES, there was a time IBM was king of the electronic world. Management never saw the demise of the card until too late. (One of those things TOO BIG TO FAIL). There was a ‘secret’ IBM plan to make an even ‘smaller card’. A former shipmate working for IBM research, was assisting in its development.
Friend Buddy sent me a pic of his first computer, I happen to know it is his present computer!
PS: From the papers of kids in a Christian School:22. THE EPISTELS WERE THE WIVES OF THE APOSTLES.