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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-08 03:20 AM
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83. As a pollworker, I approve the following process
Record number of ballots issued to the polling place

Zero the scanner, and have 3 workers sign off that the ballot collection bins are empty.

Record any spoiled ballots.

Have voters sign the poll book and also the precinct tally sheet that is publicly posted.

Check tally of AccuVotes cast and verify that the number of ballots issued + spoiled ballots = Accuvote tally

Count the unused ballots and tear them

Pack all ballots (voted, spoiled, provisional, unused/torn, absentee ballots dropped off) into separate witnessed and sealed bags.

Notify central counting and storage location of the total numbers, to be checked when the ballots arrive.

Now for the auditing, you have to sort the absentee ballots from the precincts designated by statisticians for random auditing and combine them with the polling place ballots. All central location operations are observed by certified members of at least two political parties.

Absentee ballots have signature matching done, and if there are match failures, the ballots are held while voters are notified once in writing and twice by phone.

Provisional ballots are checked to see if the voters are on the rolls, and if not are held as challenged. If they are on the rolls, then the ballots are temporarily held until two days before certification to make sure that absentee ballots in the same names are not returned.

Ballots not scanned by the machines for any reason are duplicated by teams of two election workers, watched by elections observers.

Daily reconciliations of ballot totals are run and signed off on by elections observers.

Precincts and races selected for auditing have combined ballot totals checked off against number of registered voters. Hand counting is done by elections workers watched by elections observers. Tallies reconciled with poll scan plus central scan counts.

Except that we don't have mandatory auditing like Minnesota does, that's how WA state does it. Both rated by Common Cause as being among the lowest risk states for hankypanky.
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