Thoughts on technology and innovation
Ted Husted, Release Engineer
As a DevOps devotee, there's nothing I like better than a system with failsafes, checks, and balances. One great pleasure of working with Salesforce DevOps is that the APIs fail fast, fail safe, and log verbosely. Success means success.
Speaking as a newbie Election Inspector, another well-designed system is the voting process we practice here in Monroe County, and I'm sure in other counties in New York State, and throughout the US. I've only got one primary election under my belt (good prep for Nov 8th!), but I can't help but be impressed by the careful, thoughtful system we have in place to count each and every vote.
First, the New York State Board of Elections has been a bipartisan agency since 1974. Everything NYS poll workers do is done in teams with one Republican and one Democrat worker. (If you belong to another party, you can identify as Republican or Democrat.)
Even our training was conducted jointly with Republican and a Democrat instructors, and each polling location also has both a Republican and Democrat site chair.
The voting collection mechanisms vary throughout the country. Here, we use optical scanners that read paper ballots marked by the voter. The scanners collect the ballots in a secure bin and records each vote to dual memory cards. When polls close, one card stays with the ballots, and a second is taken directly to a central location to tabulate the vote.
A closing report of the votes are also printed on a spool of paper tape, in duplicate, and time stamped. One stays with the ballots, and another goes with the second memory card. Both the ballots and the card are sealed.
As soon as possible after the polls close, the ballots and the second card are delivered separately by one of bipartisan site chair to different locations.
Here are a few of the many safeguards built into the process.
A special point of pride for us here is that we provide a specially equipped scanner for the physically impaired, so that everyone can cast their own secret ballot.
People all over the United States are working hard to assure every vote counts. If you are eligible to vote on November 8th, please turn out. It's a long day for the inspectors, and we like to keep busy!
Ted Husted is a Kaizen Squad developer on the Nimble AMS product crew. "We make the good changes that create a great product."