[E-voting] experience with VVAT
cansbro at eircom.net
Fri Mar 24 19:44:43 GMT 2006
Marian's county has one of the best procedures in the country! Hear,
hear! They had/have excellent citizen participation at every step in
both the decision-making, planning and implementation, which is one
reason their results are so good. It sets a great example and shows
what can be accomplished.
If we had similar opportunities for choosing our to improve our election
system here, it would be great.
Marian Beddill wrote:
> Yes, Michael, my own county has now used VVAT in three elections, with
> excellent results.
> We are Whatcom County, Washington State - just over 100,000 registered
> voters, in 119 Precincts. We had previously used punch-cards for
> about 20 years, and our number of "permanent absentee" voters(*1) had
> gradually grown to 75% of the returned ballots.
> In early 2005, the governing County Council voted to eliminate the
> 40-or-so polling places and shift to 100% vote-by-mail (VBM). We
> purchased optical scan equipment (Sequoia 400C)(*2) for the central
> office, and will have a few special machines for service to disabled
> We have a cadre of trained citizen observers, representing the
> "major"(*3) political parties, who were allowed close visual
> observation of all the steps of the ballot-processing and
> vote-counting (no touching), beginning at receipt of trays from the
> Post Office into the Elections Office, all the way to archiving in a
> locked vault, of the coded-&-sealed boxes of counted ballots. Along
> the way, we performed a "double-check" hand count of randomly-selected
> batches of ballots, in the presence of observers who watched the
> batches be counted by teams of staffers, then counted by the
> machines. Since the optical-scan paper ballots had been created by
> the voters (data source), and the same ballots(*4) were counted by
> staff and the machines, in public, and with track kept of the number
> of ballots at each step, we were confident that we had established "an
> audit trail" from data generation (marking) to data tally.
> Working with our senior elections officials, there also was a
> Citizen's Elections Advisory Committee or C.E.A.C. established (
> http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/auditor/election_division/index.jsp ) with
> nine members representing stakeholder groups, which has helped
> communication between the officials and the public.
> Marian Beddill
> Bellingham WA USA
> (1) Any voter has been allowed to request and return an "absentee"
> ballot by mail in our state, for many years.
> (2) Sequoia "OPTECH 400C - Introduction" :
> (3) Our state defines political parties as "major" or "minor",
> according to legal criteria that are basically vote counts for candidates.
> (4) "the same ballots" is not precisely 100% accurate, as law allows
> damaged ballots to be duplicated by staff, working always in teams of
> two, and with Observers present. Both original and duplicate are
> archived, available for further review if even needed.
> At 3/24/2006 08:50 AM, you wrote:
>> > Given that VVAT has been mandated in many jurisdictions in the US,
>> do you (or anyone else out there)
>>> know what the experience has been with it? Has there been any
>>> elections yet using
>> A quick google turned up the 2004 elections in Nevada. According to
>> this statement by the Nevada Secretary of State
>> ( http://sos.state.nv.us/publications/hava.htm)
>> the audit of the election showed the electronic votes matched the
>> paper 100%.
>> There must be more examples by now though.
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