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Post Number: 100
Best of Black Box?
|Posted on Monday, October 29, 2007 - 1:13 pm: |
One more step in this process happened today. The "Canvassing Board" met to approve the special procedures to be used in handling and processing these ballots.
They approved the procedures, after some discussion and amendments to the first (public) draft. (The "Canvassing Board" is composed of the Elections Official, an elected County Council member, and the Prosecuting Attorney - or a representative of each. Their main role is to Certify the final results of any election.)
Since each ballot was created with the Precinct number and the identification of the "split" (called "STYLE") printed on the ballot in plain text, a new processing station was added to have staff hand-mark the missing line on the bar-code area of each of those ballots, thus making them machine-readable.
A green ballpoint pen will be standard for adding these marks. And our corps of Observers may attend and watch all these steps - thus providing some citizen oversight of the process. Voter secrecy is preserved, since ballots have no markings to identify individual voters, just "where" they live (by area, not by house.) There are other details of how this will work, but that's the essence.
It looks like they will manage to get through this snag, this time.
But any bets what the next big computer-voting error somewhere will be?
And, go ask your local elections office what their processes are for computer failures in their election system.