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RE: Permanent Absentee Voters

Thanks for the response, Ken.


These counties are not using precinct Ids on there ballot, so using the ballot style that happens to be the same from report precinct 5151 will allow those votes to be processed via Absentee without attributing back to the Report Precinct. So, at least that is not an issue unless I am mistaken.


I still have the problem of entering the voter registration numbers into somewhere that will only reflect in the county totals, not a specific report precinct.


If that is an impossibility, I may just advise them to create a “dummy” report precinct at the end of the list and label it Permanent Absentee. They can either separate the absentee ballots from these voters and feed them thru the memory card from this dummy precinct, or just feed them thru the absentee machine. I will point out that if the latter option is chosen, zeroes will show up in the results fields for the dummy precinct. If either of these options is used, then the concerns in paragraph one will be moot.


I am still open to suggestions.


BTW, the history of this is that in VTS 1.92, you could enter voter registration totals directly into the absentee precincts. That is how these permanent absentees were handled then.


Mark Earley

850 422-2100 - office/fax

850 322-3226 - cell


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-support@gesn.com [mailto:owner-support@gesn.com]On Behalf Of Ken Clark
Sent: Wednesday, July 24, 2002 12:31 PM
To: support@dieboldes.com
Subject: RE: Permanent Absentee Voters


If you just use one of the “regular base precincts” for their ballots, their votes are going to be attributed to whatever report precinct that base precinct came from.  I don’t know the details of your counties, but that doesn’t sound like something that’ll work.  The total for that report precinct will be “wrong”.


I am pretty sure this has come up before (Jefferson Co KY???), so I am hoping someone can jump in with some existing standard operating procedure.  Bottom line though is that GEMS needs the votes to be counting into something, and we call that something a report precinct by any other name.





-----Original Message-----
From: owner-support@gesn.com [mailto:owner-support@gesn.com] On Behalf Of Mark Earley
Sent: Wednesday, July 24, 2002 8:03 AM
To: Support
Subject: Permanent Absentee Voters


I have several counties that have voters assigned to a “Permanent Absentee” voting status. These voters need to show up in the county-wide voter registration total, but not show up for any specific Polling Precinct. They have the same district assignments as one of the regular Base Precincts, so ballot styles for these people is not a problem. Their ballots are processed via the regular absentee voting machine.


Is there a way to enter the voter registration numbers for these people into the database without having them listed as their own Report Precinct?


Mark Earley

850 422-2100 - office/fax

850 322-3226 - cell