Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Majority of Georgia voters didn’t check their ballots enough in 2020 election: Study

According to a recently released study, the majority of voters in Georgia either didn’t check or only looked at paper ballots because of who they voted for during the 2020 election.

A fifth of voters seen at the polling station didn’t even check ballots, while another 31.3 percent took only a brief look at the paper.

The rest viewed the ballots either for a short time or for a longer period of time, according to the study (PDF)

Voters log their choices on electronic machines, under an election system created by the Dominion Voting System used across the state for the first time in Georgia in 2020. When they have finished choosing who they are voting for, a printer attached to the machine prints a paper ballot.

People take ballots and put them on the ballot table.

Before doing so, voters can check the ballot for accuracy. If something is wrong, they can spoil their ballot and vote again.

Researchers at the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs sought to see how many voters would check their ballots during the presidential election and pay graduating and graduate students from the school as field observers in various fields directly. Will pay for inspection.

The students noted whether voters didn’t check the ballot at all, whether they viewed it briefly (less than a second), whether they spent less time reviewing it (one to five seconds), or whether they took longer Reviewed it by the time (more than five seconds).

The results, with a majority of voters either not checking their ballots or taking only a cursory test, which were deemed insufficient, indicate “room for improvement,” says MV Hood III, a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia who helped Key told The Epoch Times, run the study.

Ways to improve the rate at which voters check paper ballots include training poll workers to verbally remind them to do so and handing out reminders to workers.

Voters who were given such reminders were 5.3 percent more likely to have their ballots checked than those who didn’t, according to an embedded experiment the researchers conducted across multiple regions.

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Courtney Parker votes at a new voting machine on November 5, 2019 in Dallas, Ga. AP Photo/Mike Stewart

The study was initially obtained and published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It’s January 22nd.

The importance of checking one’s vote is that a paper ballot can, for various reasons, be different from the votes cast by a voter at the machine.

“It gives someone peace of mind with that the choices they made on the tabulator are entered correctly on the ballot,” Hood said. “And those would be choices that would be re-counted under certain types of conditions,” such as hand counts.

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Georgia was one of several swing states that went for Democrat Joe Biden in 2020, helping him defeat former President Donald Trump. The results remained the same even after three recounts, and state officials said there had been no widespread fraud. A group of voters, however, are trying to watch the absentee ballots counted in Fulton County, the state’s largest, last year. The group alleges that a disturbing amount of fraud occurred.

Richard DeMillo, chairman of the Georgia Tech School of Cybersecurity and Privacy, said newly published research highlights the risks of using ballot marking devices.

DeMillo envisioned a scenario where an opponent turned 10 percent of the ballots in the 1,000-voter limit. Taking out the study results would mean it would be almost certain that all those ballots would go unnoticed, he said on Twitter.

“Half of ballots are never checked. Half of those that are checked are mistakenly verified as valid. 7% of voters who notice fraud report it to a polling worker. At most More so, a hacked ballot will be reported to a poll worker and not placed in the ballot box that will be counted. But a single report of a changed ballot is not enough to close the vote (otherwise, the adversary can easily be denied service. can), which means another 99 wrong ballots will be counted along with all other correct ballots, he said.

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According to Verified Voting, approximately 21 percent of registered voters in the US live in areas that use ballot marking devices for all voters. Another 9.7 percent live in areas that use direct-recording electronic systems, which also produce a paper record of votes.

The rest live in jurisdictions that use hand-marked paper ballots.

A grant from the Center for Election Innovation and Research funded the study on ballot checks. The researchers are not sure if they will study the matter further in the future.

If similar studies are conducted in the future, the study data will serve as a baseline number, Hood said.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican whose office said he requested the research, told The Epoch Times via email that the study “shows that voters actually review their ballots for accuracy before they are cast.” Once and for all, ballot printing is both accurate and easy for voters to use.

“Millions of voters checking the accuracy of their ballots is proof that the votes that were counted were for the candidates the voters wanted,” he said.

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