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February 6, 2024

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

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A collaboration between The Elections Group and States United Democracy Center, this resource outlines the challenges and inefficiencies of full hand counts in elections, contrasting them with the advantages of automated vote-counting systems. It details the complexity, higher costs, delays, and potential inaccuracies associated with full hand counts, drawing on real-world examples and expert analysis. The report advocates for the reliability, speed, and cost-effectiveness of modern voting systems, emphasizing their role in enhancing public trust in electoral processes, while pointing to the value of using partial hand counts to audit automated tallies.