Re: Ballot Reconciliation Procedure

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Thu Nov 27 2003 - 00:35:32 CST

"Alan Dechert" <alan@openvotingconsortium.org> wrote:
|This is not, of course, proposed as "all we need in terms of ballot
|security" but it is an important part of how we ensure one person one vote
|and one matching xml file for tabulation

Alan's procedure is good, and will be useful to have as part of the
demonstration. If no one else pipes in to volunteer for this, I'm
willing to take charge of it (i.e. write the code; it's not a huge
thing).

|After the polls close, the ballot box is opened. The number of ballots is
|counted. The number of signatures on the roster is counted. These numbers
|must match (a procedure is developed to deal with scenarios where they don't
|match -- they will match so long as people follow the procedures).

This basically repeats the information I advanced in a couple other
notes. I happened to talk to my mother tonight, who has done A LOT of
poll work. Her experience:

    The roster count and the ballot count NEVER match!

That is, there are ALWAYS some people who fail to put their ballots into
the box. Alan's discussion of reconcilliation procedures is good; I
just want everyone to understand that this is not an abstract
hypothetical. Almost every polling place in almost every election will
need to use these procedures.

In fact, even our demo should probably include a few "forgetful" voters
who take home their ballots.

Yours, David...

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