Re: "Paper Ballots" in Santa Clara County

From: Ed Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Sun Oct 29 2006 - 16:44:42 CST

Hello Arthur:

        Setting aside your somewhat astonishing situation, are you still
generally against absentee voting? Are the voting machines now checked out
to you for their 'overnighter' prior to the election?

        By the way, as a general announcement, around a month ago I
announced that I would have probably have voting machines in my garage for
inspection (during the typical 2 week, 'overnighter' discussed in the Union
Tribune article just sent). Despite being desperate for experienced help,
the local Registrar of Voters, Mikel Haas, promptly uninvited me from
participating in this election. Therefore I have to report that the
machines will be not be available for inspection. Also, I must caution
everyone, based on my experience, that Registrars' fear of embarrassment due
to bad publicity seems to over rule all other objective considerations.

Edmund R. Kennedy, PE
10777 Bendigo Cove
San Diego, CA 92126
-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf
Of Arthur Keller
Sent: Sunday, October 29, 2006 1:27 AM
To:; Open Voting Consortium discussion list
Subject: [OVC-discuss] "Paper Ballots" in Santa Clara County
I went through poll worker training yesterday for Santa Clara County, 
California.  Voters will be allowed to vote on paper ballots if they 
request them, but there will not be optically scannable ballots 
provided to the polls.  Instead the ballots that are inside the 
sample ballots given to the voters will be used.  Since these ballots 
will not be machine scannable, the ballots will be transcribed by 
hand to machine scannable ballots.  The election trainer I spoke with 
was not clear whether the copy and the original would be 
"Bates-stamped" or otherwise serial numbered with the same number or 
code to identify the match for audit purposes.
Obviously, this is not what voters expect when voters use paper ballots.
My recommendation if you want to vote a paper ballot that is directly 
counted is to request an absentee ballot, with the request received 
by the Registrar of Voters by 5pm on Tuesday, October 31.  You will 
get an absentee ballot in the mail that you can deposit at any 
polling place in the county on election day.  If you fail to get the 
mailed absentee ballot in time to vote, you may still vote 
provisionally, either electronically or "on paper" in your precinct 
on election day (or even in another precinct in the same county, 
although you might not be able to vote on local measures that way).
Best regards,
Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
tel +1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
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