Re: Fwd: Request for Advice on Precinct vs. Vote Centers

From: Richard C. Johnson <dick_at_iwwco_dot_com>
Date: Wed Jan 03 2007 - 07:50:18 CST

The choice to retain precinct level voting depends heavily on the density of the area under consideration. Precincts, assuming a dense enough population to provide temporary and volunteer staff able to help with election administration, provide lower level access, accountability, participation, and voter satisfaction. The vote center alternative is suitable for population distributed over wide areas. Both are true of Colorado, and no single model will best fit everywhere.

There is also the option of mobile voting places to consider. Rural areas make extensive use of bookmobiles for library services; a scheduled traveling election VoteMobile on election day would help supplement Vote Centers and help those least able to travel some distance to get to a Vote Center.

Individual counties within Colorado may be in a better position to choose on this issue that the state itself. It is unlikely that one modality would fit the entire state.

Best wishes for the study of alternatives in delivering election services.


-- Dick Johnson

Kathy Dopp <> wrote: ---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Andy Bardwell
Date: Jan 2, 2007 7:42 PM

Thanks - I will send you whatever we generate. Here is a request for OVC:

I am a statistician working probono with some organizations in
Colorado working to improve the conduct of Colorado elections. I have
been asked to prepare recommendations for consideration in drafting
legislation and rule making on justification for retaining
precinct-level reporting.

Precinct-level Reporting: Vote Centers have been used in the last
election, and some County Clerks have decided not to report
precinct-level results. I would appreciate any references and
authorities you could site to express the importance of retaining
precinct-level reporting. I understand the importance, having used
precinct-level data in redistricting and voting rights analyses since

Thanks for your help in advance,

Andy Bardwell

Philosopher, mathematician, and writer, Bertrand Russell once said,
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are
always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."

Bardwell Consulting
Robert A(ndy) Bardwell, Ph.D.
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Denver, CO 80219
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