Peer Hand Counting

From: D. C. Lapena <chito_dot_lapena_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Mon Nov 12 2007 - 10:04:55 CST

How about a scenario where ALL voters are also counters?

This could be a tech-assisted method

1. each race is on a separate index card. Each index card has unique
registration marks that are virtually impossible to forge. These can
be verified in case of a stuffing dispute. When voter walks in, he/she
gets one index card per race from an official. The registration marks
on each card must match (the patterns must be impossible for voters to
2. voter expresses vote with a mark on the index card
3. if there are 10 races, referenda, etc. these are all thrown into a hopper.
4. the hopper is turned
5. the voter crosses a wall where the hopper is and an assistant draws
10 random cards from the hopper. The voter is now a vote counter
5a. optional -- the user can verify that all cards in their hands have
valid registration marks on them (they do not need to match at this
6. for each candidate there is a transparent box
7. election officials oversee between 1 to 3 boxes each
8. the peer counter verifies with the official that the card belongs
in the correct box and that there are no overvotes on the card
9. the official approves the card and allows the peer counter to
insert it into the box
10. the mouth of the box can have an optional optical counter
10a. the mouth of the box can also have a web cam with a system that
can recognize where the mark is supposed to be and the system would
sound an alarm if someone tried to put a wrongly marked card
11. but the official also makes a tally. If this does not match the
optical counter, the ballots must be re-counted by hand

This would assure accuracy, anonymity and speedy results and can be
done with a few empty 5 gallon paint buckets and boxes made with
supplies from a hardware store and glue. Could be handy in a
post-apocalyptic world.
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