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emlev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 11:59 PM
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11. Are you certain the number wasn't on the ballot STUB?
It's actually very important that there be a number on the ballot stub that corresponds with a number in the voter signature book. It's a check against fraud, a way to determine ballots that were issued to the voters as a whole are the same ballots that are counted. But the number shouldn't be on the part of the ballot that has your votes on it; it should be on the stub.

Here's how Richard Hayes Phillips, author of Witness To A Crime: A Citizens' Audit of An American Election describes it in his article, "What Constitutes An Election Audit":
Ballot stubs are numbered strips of paper attached to each ballot. The
stub number for each ballot issued, both voted and spoiled, should
be recorded by a poll worker right next to the voters name in both the
poll book, written by the poll worker, and the voter signature book,
signed by the voter. The ballot stub should be torn off and placed into
the ballot box separately, to protect voter privacy and the right to a
secret ballot. The numbers on the torn-off stubs should match the stub
numbers in the poll book and the voter signature book, and the numbers
on the stubs still attached to the unused ballots should not; and all
the stubs, and all the ballots, whether voted, spoiled, or unused,
should be preserved. Without these records there is no way to tell if
the ballots run through the electronic tabulator are the same ballots
issued to the voters.

Given this description, do you now think what was done was correct or not? If incorrect, I'd strongly suggest you contact the election protection hotlines, etc. listed here.
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