The United States Election Assistance Commission has issued new guidelines:
Included in the guidelines, are new recommendations on conducting elections by mail, testing optical scan machines, and media relations. The media recommendations are basically a set of marketing guidelines. While the quickstart guide on voting-by mail is a bit more um… I don’t know… unconstitutional:
- Incorporate the use of bar codes on the ballot envelopes for ease in receiving return envelopes and updating voter history.
- If using an external mailing/distribution center for ballot mailing, it is recommended that election staff
be on-site at all times.
- TIP: Always work in teams of two when receiving returned ballot envelopes. At no time should any one person be alone with the voted ballot envelopes.
- Determine if you will provide off -site collection/drop off receptacles for returned ballot envelopes.
Establish procedures for securing and monitoring these locations.
So the “bipartisan,” aka not non-partisan, EAC basically recommends barcodes, and outsourcing ballot distribution. While throwing a few bones to secrecy (maybe try a secrecy envelope) and security (never leave a voted ballots with just one person). But then it turns around and offers up the idea of off-site drop boxes, and never mentions the fact that unvoted ballots are far more numerous in all vote-by mail systems. So you shouldn’t leave voted ballots with just one person, but ballot printing, sorting, and receiving, well those can all be done by private companies. Private vote-counting software, also apparently just fine with the commission.
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