Re: Walking away with the paper ballot.

From: Edward Cherlin <cherlin_at_pacbell_dot_net>
Date: Fri Dec 17 2004 - 03:19:45 CST

On Thursday 16 December 2004 09:52 am, Joseph Lorenzo Hall wrote:
> And should the converse be true as well? That is, if there is
> a paper ballot (or a number of them) without any digital
> record (we'd notice during BRP[1]), the presumption should be
> that the paper ballots are invalid?
> This seems to be a rule that says your vote only counts if
> there is both a digital record of your vote and a paper ballot
> in the ballot box. In a sense, this is different than the
> problematic "the paper should govern" rule (as Doug pointed
> out) and both would have to exist and be reconciled before a
> given vote was counted.
> Of course, that would mean by either removing digital records
> or paper ballots, you could invalidate votes. Should the
> paper ballots be given extra weight as they are "ballots" and
> not audit records?

No, the discrepancy should trigger an investigation, and the
results of the investigation can lead to a wide variety of
possible conclusions, as wide as the human behaviors that
created the problem in the first place. There is no rule that
can be applied in advance of having actual information.

> I'm probably making this overly
> complicated...

Nope. Too simple.

> [1]

Edward Cherlin
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