[EM] Cambridge computerized voting
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Tue Dec 4 12:36:43 PST 2001
D- The newly computerized vote counting system in Cambridge, Mass.
COMPUTERIZED PR BALLOT TABULATION
The first step
On election night at the central tabulation center, the memory card from
each precinct's ballot box is entered into a computer. This computer
takes the records of each ballot from the memory card and sorts them by
precinct into separate files, one each for City Council, School
Committee, and ballot question. The complete ballot files for each race
or question are then copied onto a computer disk. Each ballot record
consists of the candidates selected by the voter and the order in which
they were ranked.
The second step
The computer disk with the ballot files is installed in a second
computer. This computer contains the software which counts the ballots.
The software has been programmed to follow the "Cambridge Rules," as
documented in M.G.L. Chapter 54A and in the Cincinnati Code - Article IX
of 1938. By computer, the same process formerly carried out manually by
more than a hundred counters over the course of a week is conducted in a
matter of seconds by the electronic sorting, counting, and transfer of
An "unofficial first count" of number one (#1) votes for each candidate
for City Council and School Committee will be available on election
night within minutes of receipt of the memory card from the last
reporting precinct. This count is referred to as "unofficial" because it
does not contain all ballots. For example, it does not yet include
write-ins or ballots marked in a way that could not be read by the
scanner at the precinct level. Those votes must be individually added to
those already scanned. Only when this last step is completed on the day
after the election will all valid ballots have been recorded.
The complete ballot records are then copied and read into the tabulation
software where they are tallied. The software produces an "official
first count" and then proceeds to distribute surplus and eliminate
candidates with the least number of votes until all seats have been
filled. The Election Commissioners declare the results.
D- The Nov. 2001 results are at
Thus some of the higher tech voting methods can apparently be done using
Which shall prevail --- the 10,000 B.C. Taliban type politics or the above
2001 A.D. computerized voting politics ??? Time will tell.
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