# Re: [EILeg] Hand Counting of Paper Ballots - Seeking Time and Cost Statistics

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sat Jan 06 2007 - 16:05:22 CST

Dear Randy, you can find some data at
http://gnosis.python-hosting.com/voting-project/September.2005/0020.html

Here is my analysis comparing several approaches to vote counting
using paper ballots (and comparison with DRE with VVPAT).

Assumptions: One 500-voter precinct, 4 elections per year,
calculations over 10 years. Cost of poll workers is assumed the same
in all, so it is not included. Central systems are not included in
any of these costs. Costs of programming machines or formatting
paper ballots not included.

1. Hand-marked, hand-counted paper ballots. 900 ballots per election
(because of different ballot styles, languages and spoilage), 25
cents per ballot, 4 elections per year, 10 years. \$9,000 for
printing paper ballots. 3 hand-counters per election, \$100 per hand
counter per election, 4 elections per year, 10 ears. \$12,000 for
counters. Pens are not counted. Total for hand-marked, hand-counted
paper ballots: \$21,000.

2. All electronic ballot printer with precinct-based optical scan of
paper ballots. 5 OVC-style electronic ballot printers @ \$2,000 each
= \$10,000. Precinct-based optical scanner, \$3,000. 600 blank ballot
stock per election, 5 cents per blank ballot stock, 4 elections per
year, 10 years, \$1,200 for paper (blank ballot stock). Printer
cartridges, \$25 per machine per election, times 40 elections times 5
machines = \$5,000 for ink. Total for electronic ballot printers with
precinct-based optical scan of paper ballots: \$19,200.

3. Voters have choice of hand-marked paper ballots or 2 electronic
ballot printers with precinct-based optical scan of paper ballots.
Hand-markable paper ballots as in #1, \$9,000. Two electronic ballot
printers, \$4,000. Precinct-based optical scanner, \$3,000. Blank
ballot stock as in #2, \$1,200. Ink for two machines, \$2,000. Total
for hand-marked paper ballots or 2 electronic ballot printers with
precinct-based optical scan of paper ballots: \$19,200.

4. Voters have choice of hand-marked paper ballots or ONE electronic
ballot printers with precinct-based optical scan of paper ballots.
Hand-markable paper ballots as in #1, \$9,000. ONE electronic ballot
printer, \$2,000. Precinct-based optical scanner, \$3,000. Blank
ballot stock as in #2, \$1,200. Ink for ONE machine, \$1,000. Total
for hand-marked paper ballots or 2 electronic ballot printers with
precinct-based optical scan of paper ballots: \$15,200.

5. Hand-marked paper ballots with precinct-based optical scan of
paper ballots. Hand-markable paper ballots as in #1, \$9,000.
Precinct-based optical scanner, \$3,000. Total hand-marked paper
ballots with precinct-based optical scan of paper ballot: \$12,000.

6. 5 DRE with VVPAT. DRE with VVPAT (hardware), \$5,000 each, times
5, \$25,000. Thermal VVPAT rolls, \$10 each per machine per election,
5 machines, 40 elections, \$2,000. Total for DRE with VVPAT, \$27,000.

7. Knowing your election results were fair and accurate, priceless.

Best regards,
Arthur

P.S. Feel free to forward with attribution.

At 3:06 PM -0500 1/6/07, Randy Moor wrote:
>Is anyone aware of a good source of statistics about the costs in
>time and money of hand-counting all ballots?
>
>I am looking for credible materials to support my position when
>contacting local and national legislators. I believe paper ballots
>are best and cheapest, but I am not certain whether opscan or
>hand-counting is best.
>Ideally I would like to find a comparison of the costs of
>hand-counting paper ballots, opscanning paper ballots, and using
>DREs with a VVPAT. We are pretty much starting from scratch in
>Maryland since we have DREs without VVPAT and it is not feasible to
>fit them with printers. Meanwhile there is growing consensus
>that the status quo is untenable.
>
>Thanks,
> Randy

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