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  • ed palma
    Please disseminate to as many as possible to helpĀ  prevent spoilage of ballots. Let s continue to pray for clean, credible and peaceful elections. Ed & Claire
    Message 1 of 1 , May 4, 2010
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      Please disseminate to as many as possible to help  prevent spoilage of ballots. Let's continue to pray for clean, credible and peaceful elections.
      Ed & Claire
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      From: Antonia Siy <do_gooder@...>
      To: Cefam Egroup <cefam@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tue, May 4, 2010 5:14:14 PM
      Subject: [CeFaM] On the May 10, 2010 ballot


      [forwarded by a friend]

      You may find this useful.
      > >
      > >Hi Just want to share with you some things I learned about the
      > >ballot for the coming automated elections. I hope the information
      > >below will help voters out there. I think that since this is the
      > >first automated elections the country is having, it's going to take
      > >some adjustment and adaptation on the part of voters, and extra
      > >knowledge/informati on is sure to help anyone heading to the polls on
      > >May 10, 2010.
      > >
      > >I attended my barangay's seminar on the 2010 elections last Sunday,
      > >arranged by the captain, Ralph Diaz. I learned a few things from Mr.
      > >Diaz about the election ballot that could be informative for all of us:
      > >
      > >1. Mr. Diaz said that the ballot is very, very sensitive to marks,
      > >ink, H20, stains, scratches,
      folds, sweat, etc. If, say, you have
      > >grime on your hands, or your hands are wet, or your sweat drips onto
      > >the ballot, the PCOS (Precinct Count Optical Scan) Unit will not
      > >read it. So, keep your hands very clean before voting. That is why
      > >the indelible ink will be put on your finger after you're done
      > >voting, and not before, and why you will be given your ballot in a
      > >folder, a "Ballot Secrecy Folder", so that you can lessen the actual
      > >handling of the ballot with your hands.
      > >
      > >2. Shade the egg-shaped hole beside your chosen candidate fully (you
      > >will be provided with a marker). Don't check, line, X, dot, or
      > >half-shade it, because the PCOS Unit will not read it. Try not to go
      > >beyond the lines also (well, not too much).
      > >
      > >3. Mr. Diaz said that there will be a barcode going around the
      > >ballot. If this is marked, even scratched, in any way, the ballot
      > >will be spoiled. He said that if anyone else handles the ballot,
      > >watch them well, in case they intentionally scratch the barcode with
      > >a fingernail to prevent your ballot from being counted. He used as
      > >an example that if you're obviously for a candidate that, say, an
      > >unscrupulous precinct official is against (hopefully, there's no
      > >such thing as an unscrupulous precinct official ;-P), that official
      > >may scratch your barcode to prevent your vote from being counted.
      > >
      > >4. You will have four tries to put your ballot through the PCOS
      > >Unit. You can put it in forward, backward, front side up, back side
      > >up, whichever, but only four tries. If after the 4th try it doesn't
      > >read properly, goodbye ballot.
      > >
      > >5. You will get one chance to
      have your ballot changed if you don't
      > >like it. That's when they first hand it to you. Inspect it right
      > >away. If you see any folds, scratches, or marks, you can ask for a
      > >change (which may lengthen your voting process, Mr. Diaz added).
      > >
      > >6. Bring a list of your chosen candidates on a piece of paper so
      > >that you won't spend too much time filling out the ballot. If you
      > >make your decisions on the day itself without a list, you could
      > >spend a long time filling it up.
      > >
      > >7. Watch the readout on the PCOS Unit when you insert your ballot
      > >into it. Mr. Diaz said that if successful, it'll read,
      > >"Congratulations! Your ballot has been scanned." If not, it'll say
      > >why (improper shading, etc.) Get that "Congratulations" message
      > >before leaving to make sure your vote is counted.
      > >
      > >8.
      Bring an ID (Voter's ID is best, but if you don't have one,
      > >driver's license, passport, etc. any valid ID with your address and
      > >preferably a photo is all right) to present to the BEI (Board of
      > >Elections Inspector). If you can find out beforehand through your
      > >barangay, also get your Voter's ID number, precinct number, and your
      > >sequence number (the number beside your name in the voter's list).
      > >This'll speed up your voting process.
      > >
      > >9. The ballot you are given will only be readable by one specific
      > >PCOS Unit. In other words, only one machine will be able to read
      > >your ballot, because it's pre-registered there, so when you're
      > >ready, line up at the proper machine. Don't line up at the wrong
      > >machine; your ballot won't be read, and it may spoil your vote.
      > >
      > >10. Polls open on May 10, 2010, at 7 a.m.
      and end at 6 p.m.
      > >
      > >11. Mr. Diaz said that the Comelec told him that with the PCOS
      > >Units, we will know the winner of the elections in 5 days.
      > >Otherwise, the PCOS Units will allow for a manual count since all
      > >votes will be recorded inside the machines (let's hope it doesn't
      > >come to that, because it's going to take the usual weeks and weeks
      > >to finish the count).
      > >
      > >12. The PCOS Units have internal batteries that can last 16 hours in
      > >case of power outages. Since the voting period only lasts 10 hours,
      > >there's a 6 hour buffer. But still, let's hope for no brownouts on
      > >May 10, 2010.
      > >
      > >13. The PCOS Unit will print out the vote count in what looks like a
      > >very long cash register receipt (whose print will last for 5 years,
      > >he said), which will be put into a sealed box that'll be
      sent to the
      > >Comelec for proper counting. Also, the PCOS Unit will count the
      > >number of voters who are voting based on the ballots inserted into
      > >it, so again, watch the screen on the machine to make sure of voter
      > >count, as well as other important messages.
      > >
      > >14. Mr. Diaz said that you should vote only the exact number you
      > >should vote for. So, vote for only 1 president, 1 vice president, 12
      > >senators, 1 party list, 1 mayor, 1 vice mayor, 1 member of the House
      > >of Representatives, etc. (the limit will be there on your ballot as
      > >a "Vote for not more than ____"). If you vote for more than the
      > >stipulated number, that particular portion of the ballot is spoiled.
      > >You may, however, vote for less (as in, if you can't find 12 worthy
      > >senatoriables to vote for, it's all right to vote for less than 12).
      > >
      > >15. Mr. Diaz stressed repeatedly that in voting this time, one
      > >should not make mistakes. It's asking a lot from us, but he said
      > >that over and over again. His words: "Don't make mistakes,
      > >otherwise, you'll spoil your ballot".
      > >
      > >16. Of course you'll also be asked to do the usual signing of forms
      > >and marking of thumbprints.
      > >
      > >Feel free to share this email. I wish I could take questions, but I
      > >only took notes as Mr. Diaz was speaking, so I doubt if I will know
      > >the answers. Any questions you have can be sent to your Barangay
      > >Captains, or to the Comelec.
      > >
      > >I hope this information helps!
      > ------ End of Forwarded Message

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