Re: Peer Hand Counting

From: Bev Harris <bev_at_blackboxvoting_dot_org>
Date: Tue Nov 13 2007 - 01:06:11 CST

How about simply allowing the public to observe and videotape votes fed into
scanners?

Procedural changes require only that votes are scanned after polls close, not
during, that scanners be positioned so that the public can view each ballot
face as it is fed into the machine at the polls, and feeding ballots one by one
at 4-second intervals to allow each ballot to be captured on video by the
public if they so choose.

And please, don't say this allows vote selling unless you are publicly on record
objecting to absentee voting on the grounds that it allows vote selling.

I see only the following objections to this:

1) crypto people fighting for crypto wanting to block other solutions
2) open source people thinking open source solves the public oversight equation,
thinking this will water down arguments for open source

The math works (at 4 seconds per ballot, you can scan over 1000 per hour)
The implementation schedule works (requires no new laws in most states, only
minor procedural changes)

Solves chain of custody issues, solves the issue of counting votes in public,
solves many Freedom of Information issues.

Bev

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