Simple paper ballots are either hand-marked by a typical voter or marked with a ballot-marking device in the case of a special needs voter.
Because there is no "machine" required to vote, Fidelity's system makes it impossible for machine failures or misallocations to disenfranchise voters due to poor availability of machines.
When most voters can mark their ballots at their leisure at home before casting their ballot, the election day bottleneck at the polling place can be virtually eliminated.
A paper ballot marked directly by the voter eliminates the possibility of digital manipulation of the official record of an election.
Participation of multiple parties in the vote-counting process provides redundancy and reliability that only the involvement of independent competing interests can ensure.
Do you suppose it would be expensive to buy a PC that you would only get to use about 72 hours before it became obsolete and out-of-warranty? How about the same lifespan for a custom-designed PC costing ten times as much as a typical desktop? Yes, it does sound crazy when you put it like that, but that's the bill of goods that DRE vendors have sold to the American taxpayers.
Fidelity's system relies on inexpensive paper solutions for balloting and commercially-available off-the-shelf (COTS) scanners, PCs and web servers for counting, auditing and verifying election results.
With the Fidelity Election System, any individual, party, candidate or member of the press is permitted to scan stacks of precinct-level ballots at county-level elections facilities using their own scanner behind a glass window similar to a bank teller's station connected to their own laptop on the other side of the window from the ballots.
All parties are encouraged to upload their ballot image files and/or optically-interpreted ballot data to web servers for independent corroboration.
Even in well-run elections there can be different counting results due to poorly marked ballots, so auditing is done to reconcile ballot data with ballot images (or the ballots themselves if the images aren't conclusive).
||This part depends on you, and others like us. How soon would you like to see the Fidelity Election System operating in your state or county? What would it be worth to you? How much would you invest to bring a Practical Election System with Integrity to your city?