Re: Ms. Tobi's overheated rhetoric

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Mon Nov 12 2007 - 12:20:52 CST

How to avoid and detect transcription errors is a big problem.
Posting results helps. Displaying the incremental totals by precinct
on County or State websites also helps. That's an area in which I
hope everyone can agree that technology provides appropriate
transparency and verifiability.

Best regards,

At 11:45 AM -0500 11/12/07, Nancy Tobi wrote:
>A well managed hand count includes observers for all readers,
>markers, tallyers, for every aspect of the vote count. Observers
>should catch transcription errors.
>Vote counting done at the precinct level ensures this level of
>observation. Results should be posted at the precinct level.
>Distributed power of the citizenry should check and balance
>malevolent shenanigans.
>In NH the totals are transported by state police to the SoS, who
>tallies centrally by hand into a spreadsheet. This is an area of
>security risk - chain of custody and all - but can be managed
>through citizen oversight as well.
>Arthur Keller <<>> wrote:
>I think the hardest problem would be avoiding transcription errors in
>copying the 100,000 numbers to the correct places on the total sheets.
>Would you display incremental results to the public on a website? Or
>would you wait until all results are in before displaying anything?

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