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  •  no, the scanner is part of the vote tabulation (1+ / 0-)
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    in the voting booth, you just mark up the ballot and then the poll worker drops it in a box. at least that is how it works in yolo county, CA.

    •  In our state - Ohio (1+ / 0-)
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      Unless you ask for assistance - which would require two elections officials to assist you - you are only allowed to handle your own ballot thus you scan it yourself.

      We also have two stubs on the ballot.  Stub A and Stub B. When handed the ballot to vote the person that signed you in retains Stub A.  After you scan the ballot you put Stub B into a separate container - you do this yourself as well.

      When the precinct closes there has to be a stub A and stub B for each ballot cast. All ballots issued have to be accounted for to prevent ballot stuffing.

      I am surprised that California would allow anyone but the person who voted to handle the ballot like that.

      •  the poll workers who count the ballots (0+ / 0-)

        are the same ones who scan them. the boxes are secure and locked, have bar codes, and are checked along with their seals every step of the way.

        quite frankly, there isn't nearly as much shady business with the integrity of the vote in CA as there has been in OH in the past several elections. i suspect part of it is because we're not considered an important swing state, but i wouldn't look to either florida or ohio for best practices, voting wise, to be completely frank.

        •  Ohio's problems (0+ / 0-)

          Are in voter suppression. Not the voting systems used. All of the systems used in Ohio not only have to be state certified but they also have to be federally certified. This is the same as it is in California. We also have no voting system where there is no paper ballot nor a Voter Verified Paper Ballot. This too is the same as in California.

          And while the voting systems have to be state and federally certified in Ohio by law it is actually up to each individual county in the state to choose which certified system to use. Actually it is up to the voters in each county as to what system they will use as we vote on it by referendum. While Ohio law does provide for the county BOE to choose a system or the county commissioners or county councils to choose a system (based on the same county BOE recommendation) both of those entities know that a ballot petition would come it to force it to a referendum anyway so it goes to the voters in most, if not all, of the counties.

          There is so much misinformation regarding Ohio voting out there that more time and effort is focused on that than on the very real problems of voter suppression that goes on.

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