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The Election Process - Theory and Practice

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The Election Process - Theory and Practice

The vote counting process in the United States is vital to ensuring the integrity and accuracy of the democratic process. Here is an overview of the mechanisms and controls in place to safeguard this procedure:

Bipartisan Oversight:

At many stages of the counting process, there are representatives from both major political parties present to oversee the count. This helps ensure that no party has undue influence over the process.

In many states , however one party in the past has undue influence on the counting process.

Training and Guidelines:

Poll workers and election officials receive training on proper vote counting procedures. They also have guidelines and manuals to refer to, which provide instructions on handling various situations.

Often, however, manuals are overlooked or discarded in an attempt to influence the outcome of the election.

Chain of Custody: Voting materials, especially paper ballots, have a strict chain of custody. This means that there are protocols to ensure that these materials are always accounted for and are not tampered with.

Chain of custody issues were raised in at least two states in the 2020 election.

Security Measures: Voting machines and electronic systems used for counting votes are protected with various security measures, including encryption and physical security.

Advancement in computer sofware malware and hacking technology raise questions about the competency and security of the machines.

Audits: Some states require post-election audits. This involves hand-counting a sample of paper ballots to verify that the electronic machines counted them correctly.

In some prior elections audits were after the fact and ignored.

Transparency: Many states allow for observers, including those from political parties and independent organizations, to monitor the vote counting process.

In at lease two states during the 2020 elections, polls were closed early aand poll watchers were forced to leave the premises.

Sealed Ballot Boxes: Once voting is completed, ballot boxes are sealed to prevent tampering. Any breakage of these seals during transportation or counting would raise concerns.

Redundancy: Especially in areas that use electronic voting systems, there is often a paper trail or backup, allowing for manual recounts if there are questions about the electronic results.

Legal Recourse: If there are concerns about the vote count's integrity or allegations of improprieties, candidates and parties have legal avenues to challenge the results or request recounts.

Resort to the legal process is complicated and delayed because of legal rules. Usually, by the time a legal decision is renrered, the election is history.

Certification Process: After all votes are counted and potential disputes resolved, election results are certified by an official body, often the state's Secretary of State.

Federal Oversight: While elections are mainly the domain of states, the federal government can step in if there are concerns about civil rights violations or if the integrity of a federal election is in doubt.

Federal oversight is limited and often politially influenced.

Voter Verification: In areas with electronic voting, voters often have a chance to review their choices on a printed receipt or screen before casting their votes, ensuring their choices are accurately recorded.

The Election Process - Theory and Practice

Ensuring a secure and accurate vote counting process is vital for the credibility of elections and the overall trust in the democratic process. As technology and threats evolve, the systems and protocols in place are constantly under review and adaptation to maintain the highest standards of security and transparency.

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