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Ranked Choice Voting Hand Count
Ranked Choice Voting Hand Count
Ranked Choice Voting Hand Count
Ranked Choice Voting Hand Count
Ranked Choice Voting Hand Count
Ranked Choice Voting Hand Count
Ranked Choice Voting Hand Count
Ranked Choice Voting Hand Count
Ranked Choice Voting Hand Count
Ranked Choice Voting Hand Count
Ranked Choice Voting Hand Count
Ranked Choice Voting Hand Count
Ranked Choice Voting Hand Count
Ranked Choice Voting Hand Count
Ranked Choice Voting Hand Count
Ranked Choice Voting Hand Count
Ranked Choice Voting Hand Count
Ranked Choice Voting Hand Count
Ranked Choice Voting Hand Count
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Ranked Choice Voting Hand Count

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This presentation is an overview of the hand count procedures for Ranked Choice Voting in Minneapolis.

This presentation is an overview of the hand count procedures for Ranked Choice Voting in Minneapolis.

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  • 1. The Minneapolis Method Ranked Choice Voting Hand Count Process General Election November 3, 2009
  • 2.
    • Must do a hand count
    • Elections Warehouse – Daily staff of 100+
      • 15 Counting Precinct Pods
        • 6 person team/pod
      • 6 Data Entry & Analysis Stations - warehouse
        • 2 person team/station
        • 4 person analyst team
    • Single Shifts/Full or Half Days; Option to increase as needed
    • Six Workdays per Week: Mon – Sat 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Count complete week of Dec. 21 st
    Minneapolis Method for Hand-Counting RCV
  • 3. Minneapolis Method of Hand-Counting RCV
    • Confirm Absentee Ballots are counted
    • Transport to pod: Precinct ballots & supplies
    • Hand-count each precinct at Precinct Pods
      • Voter Error Accounting
      • For each office on ballot
        • Triple Sort each candidate including specific write-ins
        • Count ballots & complete Precinct Office Ballot Summaries
    • Data entry & analysis to determine winners
  • 4. Typical RCV Days
    • Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • First day: Wed Nov 4, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • Color-coded nametags to indicate EJ name & political party
    • Counters assigned to Teams at Precinct Pods using political party balance
  • 5. Precinct Pods & Data Entry Count/Sort Table Count/Sort Table VEA Orig/Accounted Write-In Ballots Count/Sort Table Supply Table Supply Table VEA Supply Table Output Table Data Entry/Analysis Precinct Ballots IN Results OUT Ballot Summaries IN
  • 6. Voter Error Accounting Process Steps VEA SORT DUPLICATION First, all ballots in the precinct examined for voter errors, such as skipped columns or overvotes Then, each ballot with an error is duplicated exactly onto a blank ballot, with the exception of the races with errors. Those are marked according to directions in Ordinance.
  • 7. Voter Error Accounting Chart Blank Blank Blank Blank Blank Blank 1, 2, & 3 Undervote Blank Blank A Blank Blank A 2 & 3 Skipped ranking Blank Blank A Blank A Blank 1 & 3 Skipped ranking Blank Blank Blank A Blank Blank 1 & 2 Skipped ranking Blank B A Blank B A 3 Skipped ranking Blank B A B Blank A 2 Skipped ranking Blank B A B A Blank 1 Skipped ranking Blank Blank A A A A 1, 2, & 3 Repeat candidate Blank B A B B A 2 & 3 Repeat candidate Blank B A A B A 1 & 3 Repeat candidate Blank Blank A B A A 1 & 2 Repeat candidate Blank B A C/D B A 3 Overvote Blank Blank A D B/C A 2 Overvote Blank Blank Blank D C A/B 1 Overvote 3rd After 2nd After 1st After 3rd Before 2nd Before 1st Before Problem Columns Problem
  • 8. Triple Sort, Count & Summary FIRST SORT SECOND SORT THIRD SORT SUMMARY All ballots are sorted in to piles by first choice in the race. One by one, first choice piles are sorted by first AND second choice. One by one, first+second choice piles are sorted by first/second AND third choice. Every first/second/third choice pile is counted and a summary sheet is made. This entire process is repeated for each ballot 5 times – once per race.
  • 9. Write-In Votes
    • Count as part of each unique Ballot Summary
    • Source Documents
    • MS 204C.22 - Voter Intent
    • Minneapolis Ordinance Title 8.5 chapter 176
  • 10. Precinct Ballot Summaries
    • Group ballots with the same 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices
    • Hand count and record information on Ballot Summaries for each unique combination
    • Hand-count method: 2 EJs are looking at office side of ballot.
      • Confirm each ballot has exact same combination
      • Count to 25 & stagger piles of 25
  • 11. Precinct Ballot Summary Candidate Arness Candidate Carter Candidate Dell B A B C B D B C D B A C B D C B C A Candidate Buford B D A B A D Office Precinct _ # of Ballots BUF CAR ARN 30 First Choice Sort Second Choice Sort Third Choice Sort Ballot Summary Office Precinct _ # of Ballots BUF DEL ARN 20
  • 12. Ward ________________ MAYOR Precinct ________________ 1st Choice 2nd Choice 3rd Choice Number of Ballots ________________ ________________ ________________ __________ Ward ________________ COUNCIL MEMBER Ward ____________ Precinct ________________ 1st Choice 2nd Choice 3rd Choice Number of Ballots ________________ ________________ ________________ __________ Ward ________________ BD of EST & TAX Precinct ________________ 1st Choice 2nd Choice 3rd Choice Number of Ballots ________________ ________________ ________________ __________ Ward ________________ PARK DISTRICT________ Precinct ________________ 1st Choice 2nd Choice 3rd Choice Number of Ballots ________________ ________________ ________________ _________ Ward ________________ PARK AT LARGE Precinct ________________ 1st Choice 2nd Choice 3rd Choice Number of Ballots ________________ ________________ ________________ ___________ Sample Ballot Summary forms
  • 13. Data Input – Digitizing Summary Data
  • 14. Data Analysis
  • 15. Data Analysis – Rules (in a nutshell)
    • VEA
    • Single Seat
      • Establish threshold
      • Tally all votes for highest ranked continuing candidate on each ballot
      • If no winner, defeat the candidate or candidates with the lowest vote total (i.e. who has no chance of winning) and loop back to (2).
    • Multi Seat (same thing with one addition)
      • Establish threshold
      • Tally all votes for highest ranked continuing candidate on each ballot.
      • If not all the seats are filled, defeat candidate or candidates with no chance of winning (i.e. lowest votes) and loop back to (2).
      • If all candidates have a chance of winning, distribute a surplus and loop back to (2).
  • 16. Results
    • All results released on the web
    • Election Night machine results (Unverified First Round Results)
      • From precinct ballot scanners – all 3 choices
      • Released Election night
      • Only somewhat useful
    • Hand-count progress reports
      • Update on number of precincts finished counting
      • Released daily
  • 17. Results
    • Round by round race results (Unofficial results)
      • From hand-count
      • Random ward order
      • Winners
    • Ballot Summary spreadsheets
      • How every ballot in the city was marked
      • Precinct level data
      • Available at the end of the count
    • Official Results: as canvassed by the City Council
      • Fri 11/6/09: Ballot question
      • Week of 12/21/09 (tentative): All offices
  • 18.
    • Error proofing
      • Two-person teams at every step to catch & correct errors
      • Reconciliation points along the way to catch & correct errors
        • Number of votes counted reconciled with ballot scanner count
        • Number of votes redistributed during rounds of calculation balanced
        • Total number of votes reconciled after every round of calculation
    • Process Integrity
      • All count staff are Election Judges and/or City staff
      • Party balance in every two-person team
      • Ballot security: envelopes from precincts sealed, observers remain in observer gallery, warehouse security system
      • Computer security: unique user IDs and passwords, all data stays in City’s secure network (never goes through the Internet)
      • Records: Daily seating chart, Content management system
    Error-proofing and Process Integrity
  • 19. Questions?

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