Re: Ballot Reconciliation Procedure

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Thu Nov 27 2003 - 11:52:45 CST

David,

> 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. ....
>
But I've also suggested a little different procedure for marking the roster
that I think will make it more likely the counts will match.

I don't know if it's always done the way I have noticed they do it at
polling places, but I'm always asked to sign the roster first then go vote.
I have been proposing a check-in and check-out procedure. When the voter
enters the polling place, they are allowed to go to the voting machine after
checking in. By this I mean a pollworker would find the name on the roster
and put a check mark by the name (the pollworker would say, "we are checking
your name: you will need to sign the roster after you vote"). After putting
the ballot in the ballot box, they would sign out. Probably, the voter
should be escorted from the ballot box to the table with the roster.

If this procedure were in place, I think the ballot count and the signatures
would be more likely to match. There might be names checked that never get
signatures, which would be evidence that someone may have walked out without
voting -- not a crime, btw, maybe they looked at the ballot and didn't like
anything they saw.

The only way to know how well this would work would be some real world
testing. Anyway, if that part has to be adjusted in some way, it would not
impact the paper ballot - XML file reconcilitation procedure.

Alan D.
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