The Reality of Full Hand Counts: A Guide for Election Officials

Feb 06, 2024
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Election officials in some jurisdictions are being pressed to consider replacing their automated vote-counting systems with full hand counts.

Full hand counts are different from limited hand counts, which are common and play a valuable role in elections. Limited hand counts are often used during the audit process, for example, to make sure automated counting systems produced accurate results.

In full hand counts, human teams manually tabulate every ballot and every contest, and their results are used as the official results. As this resource will show, this kind of effort to replace a modern voting system with a full hand count practically guarantees complexity, higher costs, delays, and mistakes.