Re: Observations of Hand-Counted Paper Ballot

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Thu Sep 29 2005 - 19:21:27 CDT

At 5:46 PM -0600 9/29/05, Kathy Dopp wrote:
>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.

Hand-counted paper is certainly worth it for auditing, but probably
not for the original count.

Best regards,
Arthur

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