Re: New York Times Quote of the Day

From: Teresa Hommel <tahommel_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Sun Aug 08 2004 - 09:51:49 CDT

All polling places with DREs should be required to have
enough paper ballots on hand to enable all voters to vote
on paper ballots if the DREs fail.

This is something that needs to be implemented in some
jurisdictions, apparently, judging by the reports from
San Diego in the March primary where voters were
reported to have had to scribble the names of their
candidates on torn off pieces of paper grocery bags
because the DREs weren't working. If there are backup
paper ballots, then there should be a ballot box for them.

For example, in New York City, each election district
(a geographic area which represents about 750 registered
voters) has one or two old lever machines, and a package
of 300 paper ballots and (I believe) a cardboard ballot box.

Teresa

David Jefferson wrote:

> In California, provisional ballots ARE placed into the ballot
> box, at least in those counties that have ballot boxes anyway.
> Whether DRE counties also have ballot boxes I am not sure,
> although since state law allows people with absentee ballots to
> drop them off at precinct polling places, I guess they must. I
> should know this, but I don't!
>
> David
>
> --- "Edmund R. Kennedy" <ekennedyx@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> > Hello All:
> >
> > Would the OVC EVM aid in the casting of provisional ballots?
> > I could see a routine, when triggered somehow, that marks
> > across the face of the ballot PROVISIONAL and prints out the
> > proper affadavit language for the voter to sign.
> >
> > I understand that the voter puts their provisional ballot into
> > an envelope. Typically what happense to the envelope after
> > that? Is it placed (envelope and all) into the ballot box? I
> > could see this decreasing the likelihood that these
> > provisional ballots would get 'lost'.
> >
> > Thanks, Ed Kennedy
> >
> > Arthur Keller <arthur@kellers.org> wrote:
> > "You talk about testing with real bullets, this is going to be
> >
> > testing election reform with real ballots."
> > - DOUG CHAPIN, executive director of a nonpartisan election
> > watchdog
> > group, on provisional voting.
> >
> >
> >
> http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/06/politics/campaign/06vote.html?th
> >
> > --
> >
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> > Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA
> > 94303-4507
> > tel +1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
> >
> >
> > 10777 Bendigo Cove
> > San Diego, CA 92126-2510
> >
> > Amendment 1 to the US Constitution
> >
> > "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of
> > religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or
> > abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right
> > of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the
> > government for the redress of grievances."
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