Re: Peer Hand Counting

From: Bev Harris <bev_at_blackboxvoting_dot_org>
Date: Wed Nov 14 2007 - 09:58:38 CST

> Precinct scan reduces the problems with chain-of-custody issue. Best
> to scan precinct-cast votes in the precinct and the mail-in ballots
> centrally.

In New Hampshire, mail-in ballots are delivered by the Post Office to the poll
sites on election day and they are counted at the polls along with the other
ballots. This reduces centralization of control over ballots, improves chain of
custody protections against inside tampering (still some issues with post
office handling). It gets the ballots counted ON election day, not before,
enabling cheat-peeks as Jim March and crew have discovered in Arizona, and not
after, creating a playground for insiders, as we saw in King County Washington
in 2004. While mail-in ballots still defeat the concept of exit polls, at least
scanning them at the precinct helps preserve some of the demographics.


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