Re: "Paper Ballots" in Santa Clara County

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Tue Oct 31 2006 - 05:19:45 CST

I am not against absentee voting. I've been voting absentee for
several years, particularly since I need to do that when I'm a poll

In Santa Clara County, the voting machines are delivered to the
polling place during the week before the election. On the Saturday
morning before the election, the smart card encoding machine as well
as a lot other material is given to the precinct inspector (I'm one
of those).

Best regards,

At 2:44 PM -0800 10/29/06, Ed Kennedy wrote:
>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-----
>From: 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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