Barcode reader

Device used to scan barcodes and convert the encoded information into a usable format. Barcode readers are used to scan codes on a variety of election materials including ballots, driver’s licenses, voter ID cards, voter information packets, envelopes, and other election documents.

Source: Election Terminology Glossary - Draft, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),; Glossary - Introduction to Information Technology for Election Officials, U.S. Election Assistance Commission,