Re: New York Times Quote of the Day

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Fri Aug 06 2004 - 13:29:08 CDT

Eventually, we need to eliminate provisional ballots. Election Day
registration and pollsite links to voter databases will make this possible.

Alan D.

>
> On Aug 6, 2004, at 12:48 PM, Arthur Keller wrote:
>
> > Yes, we will handle provisionals. It's not in the BRP, but I've
> > written materials I'm edit for posting later that show how to do this.
>
> The basic problems with provisional ballots don't lie in the
> voting machinery, but in the puzzling and varied rules that
> govern the decision of whether or not they should be counted.
> Some state laws (I can point to Iowa) allow a voter to cast
> a provisional ballot in any precinct in the county and it will
> be counted if they are registered in some precinct in that
> county. Other states (Illinois, according to today's Times)
> reject the provisional ballot unless it's cast in the right
> precinct.
>
> Whatever the rules, provisional ballots must all be judged
> by the canvassing board, so unless their numbers are very small,
> nobody should expect them to get much scrutiny.
>
> Doug Jones
> jones@cs.uiowa.edu
>
>
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