Re: Summary of election characteristics

From: Teresa Hommel <tahommel_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Tue Nov 27 2007 - 18:13:37 CST

The precinct tallies have to be posted at the poll site immediately, and
there has to be observation of the chain of custody and storage of the
ballots until the election is certified.

Teresa

Danny Swarzman wrote:

>I think that a good way to conduct an election that most people would
>consider trustworthy would have these characteristics:
>
>1. Voter marked paper ballot for most voters.
>
>2. Ballot marking or printing device for voters with disabilities.
>
>3. Precinct scanner to check for over/under vote.
>
>4. Hand count for some precincts as verification.
>
>5. Open source software running on off-the-shelf systems.
>
>Some things about which there is a variation of opinions:
>
>6. Electronic records of data from scanned precinct ballots is sent
>for central tabulation, keeping paper ballots as a cross-check.
>The alternative is to scan the ballots at a central scanner and use
>that count, keeping the precinct electronic records as cross-check.
>
>7. Some prefer hand count in precincts for elections without instant
>runoff voting.
>
>8. Hand counting for entire elections without instant runoff voting.
>
>Does this express the consensus of this group?
>
>-Danny
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