Re: Dealing with Provisional ballots

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Wed May 19 2004 - 17:21:47 CDT

I think we can use a similar approach. A special smart card or
equivalent is used to make the provision ballot electronically. Then
the printed ballot is verified by the voter, and then it is placed in
a sealed envelope as you specify. Thanks for bringing up this
important point.

Best regards,

At 12:44 PM -0700 5/19/04, Steve Chessin wrote:
>I looked at the FAQ, I searched the archive, and I don't see a discussion
>as to how EVM will deal with provisional ballots.
>If the voting station is just an "electronic pencil", and does no
>counting of its own, then it's easy: after printing and optional
>verification, the ballot goes into the envelope on which the
>provisional voter has filled out the usual information (name, address,
>party affiliation if primary, signature). The provisional ballot is
>not scanned (counted) at the precinct, but goes back to election
>central, where some days later it is determined if the voter is
>entitled to vote or not, and if so the ballot removed from the envelope
>and scanned and counted. This is how it works today with paper-based
>systems (including punch card and optical scan).
>But if the voting station also counts the votes for a semi-official
>result, as does a DRE, then it's harder. The procedure we used in
>Santa Clara County (Sequioa AVC Edge(TM)) was this:
>- Voter not on roll, or claims different party status, so fills out and
> signs a provisional ballot form.
>- Poll worker activates card as a provisional ballot. Activation
> machine
> displays a sequence number, which poll worker copies to the form.
> The number is also written to the smart card.
>- Voter puts card in machine and votes. Machine reads provisional
> number from card and associates it with the cast ballot. The votes
> from the cast ballot are NOT included in the summary totals. Cast
> ballot, with provisional number, is written to memory card (as are
> all cast ballots).
>At end of day, memory cards returned to election central, along with
>provisional ballot forms. Summary results uploaded from cards for
>semi-official results. Later, all cast ballots are uploaded as well.
>Provisional forms are manually processed, and for each one deemed
>eligible, the corresponding cast ballot is "released" from provisional
>status, and its votes added to the totals, by the election central
>computer system.
>The scenario on the FAQ implies the "electronic pencil" approach, but
>I've also seen postings that imply that the voting station will also be
>reporting semi-official totals, which makes it more like a DRE and thus
>complicates the software.
>Which approach is OVM using?

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