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Rules and procedures for counting ballots in the 2018 Local 888 Officer and Executive Board Election

February 5, 2018

Rules and procedures for counting ballots

(adopted by the election committee, 2/2/18)

The document covers the rules that will be applied to votes for slates and individual candidates, how ambiguous marks will be interpreted, and the procedures that the election company will follow.

  1. The procedures that the election company, MK Elections, will follow

All steps are observable.  MK Elections has possession of the keys to the post office box that ballots are being mailed to.  On the morning of Saturday, March 3, MK Elections will go to the post offices with witnesses, pick up all ballots that are in the box at that time, and deliver them to the counting site.  MK Elections will then follow a series of steps:

  1. Scan barcodes on the back of return envelopes to make sure that each ballot is from an eligible voter and one ballot is counted per eligible voter. (Ballots from voters who received replacement ballots will be set aside and manually reviewed to make sure we only count one of their ballots, even if they return more than one.)

  2. Run the outside envelopes through a letter slitter and separate the return envelope from the secret ballot envelope.

  3. Run the secret ballot envelopes through a letter slitter and remove the ballots from the secret ballot envelopes.

  4. Scan ballots using a digital image scanner in batches of 50-100 ballots.

  5. Use software to process the images of the ballots to determine which boxes were filled in.

  6. Review ballots on screen to ensure that each ballot is being counted the way the voter intended and according to the rules of the election.

  7. Production of preliminary and then final elections results.

  8. Production of an election certification report and a CD-ROM containing all of the election data.

  9. Sealing all election records (envelopes, ballots, etc.), along with a copy of the results and the CD-ROM in storage boxes, to be retained for at least one year.

  10. Counting votes

Under SEIU rules, members may vote by slate and/or by individual candidates.  Regardless of how you vote (whether by slate, by individual candidates or both), if you vote for more candidates than is allowed in a race, your vote for that race will not count.

For example:

  1. Interpreting voters’ marks

If any ballots have marks that are ambiguous, the election committee will rule on the interpretation of the marks.  The committee will decide whether or not a mark was an intended choice by the voter.  The standard is “clear intent of the voter.”  This would apply to marks such as dots, marks that are close to but not inside the box, marks that inadvertently extend from one box to another, and the like.