GLASS BOX PROCESS AS USED AT THE 8-5-2023 CRC MEETING🔗
Includes photos of all of the forms used for tallying the races.
Here's a collection of other hand-counting methods - GLASS BOX ELECTIONS - HOW TO HAND COUNT
Jimi Mack and Peg Cage talk about the "Plexiglass Process."🔗 (8:36 minutes. We apologize for any pre-video commercials!)
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This example is for a meeting with 500 or less voters. The forms can be changed to accommodate larger meetings or precinct voting.
(Different colored ballots are used for each round. Process is repeated for each round of balloting.)
At Check in - credential list is used to verify elector’s eligibility and all ballots are distributed in the member's packet.
Chairman instructs members which ballot color to use. Member votes their ballot then FOLDS it in half and takes it to the large clear plastic ballot container. (Not-folded ballots are ineligible. Two ballots folded together count as one ineligible ballot.)
Teller Committee Members check the elector's badge and proxy certificates and add a tick mark for each ballot deposited on the Ballot Box Entry Count Form.🔗
Total ballots cast must be equal to or less than the total number of members credentialed before counting begins.
After voting closes, the large clear ballot containers are moved to the counting tables, always remaining in view of voters.
Counting tables are set up in view of the voters, preferably on the stage. Watchers from each candidate are welcome to watch the counting at arm’s length.
THE COUNTING PROCESS
The counting tables have a team of three on each side of the table.🔗 A teller committee Judge transfers the ballots from the large containers to clear medium containers which are distributed to the center of each table.
The center member, or “Reader,” of each team takes a single ballot from the middle container and shows it and reads it to the members on either side of them. Those Tally members each mark their own tally sheets with a tick in the appropriate candidate’s row. The Reader places the ballot into a smaller clear container. Ballots never touch the table and are only handled one at a time by the Reader.
The tally sheets🔗 are divided with ten columns in each row. Each box accommodates ten tick marks, so a full row could have 100 marks, making it easy to total the votes for each candidate.
When all ballots have been recorded, a Judge marks the end of each candidate’s tally with a red pen, verifies the match between the two tallies on each team, and records each candidate’s vote totals from each team onto a totals sheet.🔗
The total number of ballots counted (and ineligible) must match the total number of the ballots cast for that race.
A Judge figures the number of votes and the percentage of the vote received by each candidate. The teller committee chairman reports the totals to the Chairman of the meeting.
All ballots, tally sheets, and a copy of the Judge’s totals sheet are put into a clear container, marked with the name of the race and candidate’s names, then taped closed.
(All forms can be edited to better fit the particular race. Two tally sheets per Tally member should be used when there are more than four candidates in a race.)