Re: Re: Emergency Measures To Protect The 2004 Vote Count (EM2004)

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Sat Sep 04 2004 - 20:10:44 CDT

On Sep 3, 2004, at 10:05 PM, Ellen Theisen wrote:

> There are well developed procedures in counties that count paper
> ballots by
> hand every election. In fact, counties that occasionally do manual
> recounts
> by hand have procedures for doing them. While they may not do them
> often,
> they have established ways of doing them when they need to. I have
> spoken
> with several election directors of the paper ballot counties. One said
> the
> procedures were so simple and obvious her county didn't even have
> written
> versions. While the procedures for using electronic voting are very
> complicated and need a great deal of training, showing people how to
> read
> the vote on a ballot, or mark a tick mark on a tally sheet really goes
> fast.

I agree that precinct-count hand counted paper ballots can be done well.
The problem is, getting the procedures for doing so down, well
documented,
disseminated and accepted in time for November.

Where people have been hand counting, they are clearly up to it. Where
they have not, they need to be trained up to speed, and even where the
procedures are simple, everyone involved has to agree on them, so they
must
be in writing and they must be exposed to widespread inspection and
discussion
well in advance of the election.

This is not a small hurdle!

                Doug Jones
                jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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