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Public Advocate

  • Actions
    Contact public officials and insist that election officials should PRESERVE ballot images, and make them available for public review on a routine basis.
  • Background
    None, but may need attorneys to assist when officials claim that ballot images and cast-vote record files are not public records or cannot be made available for review.

Requestor

  • Actions
    Contact election officials and request that they post ballot image archives and cast-vote record files (See details below for format and various options)
  • Background
    Limited technical expertise, but requires knowledge of public records requests and the desired file types, flash drives, and zip files. Assistance from attorneys may be required if officials resist.

Uploader

  • Actions
    After receiving ballot image archives and cast-vote records, create an "Election" and upload these files to Audit Engine
  • Background
    Limited technical expertise, no legal background required.

Observer

  • Actions
    Stakeholders and those with specific expertise can participate on the observers panel.
  • Background
    No special requirements.

Auditor

  • Actions
    Once the files have been uploaded, any additional files may need to be created, and settings established for successful style analysis and vote extraction.
  • Background
    Moderate technical expertise, knowledge of ballot formats and program settings.

Mapper

  • Actions
    One phase of the audit process involves a manual process we call "Target Mapping" and it uses a browser-based tool called the TargetMapper. Once the styles are understood, there is an opportunity to reduce the number of styles if some are equivalent. Mapping each style means locating the "targets", i.e. the ovals that are marked by voters, and pairing them up with the contest and option of that target.
  • Background
    Detailed oriented and able to use a mouse.

Reviewer

  • Actions
    As audit files are created, members of the public should review redline proofs to insure that the style analysis was completed correctly, and review the results of the comparison
  • Background
    Must be detail-oriented.

Adjudicator

  • Actions
    If there are discrepancies, an adjudication team will review them and enter voter intent or indicated votes as appropriate for the state of interst.
  • Background
    Common sense and knowledge of voter intent acceptance standards for the state.

Subscriber

  • Actions
    Any member of the public can watch public audits as subscribers, and review the data files produced, redline proofs, discrepancies, adjudications, and results.
  • Background
    None required.