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Saturday, October 16, 2004

Florida rules:

From a news story about Florida voting procedures:
State law requires a manual recount if the election is decided by less than one-quarter of 1 percent of the vote, as it was in the 2000 contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore.

Secretary of State Glenda Hood had issued a rule barring manual recounts for touch-screen votes, but a judge in August ruled the manual-recount law applies no matter what voting technology is used.

Hood's office released the new recount rules late Friday, 18 days before the Nov. 2 presidential election.
What are the rules? Read on: (emp add)
Under the new rules, if a recount is needed, election officials must review a printout from each voting machine to count the so-called undervotes, or ballots on which no candidate was chosen. The equipment will be checked for problems if the number doesn't match the undervote totals given by the machine.

If the discrepancy remains, officials will rely on the original machine count.
So what's the point? If the paper record agrees with the machine, the machine count is used. If the paper record disagrees with the machine, the machine count is used.

Also, what's with using the undervotes as the test? Why not look at all votes reported by the machine and compare that to the paper record?

NOTE: It's not clear what the paper record is anyway. Is it a print-out from the machine when the voting is over, or is it (what it should be) a running print of voter activity that occurs when each voter uses the machine.


15 comments

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By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/16/2004 5:24 PM  

In Regard to the note; I'm a pollworker from Miami-Dade County Florida. On our machines, the paper record IS the print-out from the machine AFTER voting day is over.

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Isn't anyone out there shaming Ms. Hood? You know, around the parking lot where she parks, in the front and back of the building, etc.?

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