Re: Observations of Hand-Counted Paper Ballot

From: Kathy Dopp <kathy_at_uscountvotes_dot_org>
Date: Thu Sep 29 2005 - 18:46:54 CDT

Alan Dechert wrote:
> Arthur,
>
>> It took 12 officials and 3.5 hours to count the 10,289 ballots by hand
>> for one contest.

> 23 hours
> and maybe $400 in personnel costs to hand count one precinct. There are
> about 5,000 precincts in Los Angeles. So, you need 30,000 paid,
> reliable, trained people plus the whole management infrastructure to
> deal with them. It's too awful to contemplate seriously.

Wow. Even to do an audit of 1% of randomly selected precincts would take
... let's see ...

50 precincts times $400/precinct = $20,000

Definately worth it. The probability, if just 10% of the 5,000
precincts in Los Angeles are corrupted, of detecting at least one
corrupted precinct would be 99.5%

Democracy ought to be worth $20,000 in Los Angeles.

Best,

Kathy
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