Fw: [CeFaM] On the May 10, 2010 ballot
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From: Antonia Siy <do_gooder@...>
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Subject: [CeFaM] On the May 10, 2010 ballot
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> >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,
> >grime on your hands, or your hands are wet, or your sweat drips ontohave your ballot changed if you don't
> >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
> >like it. That's when they first hand it to you. Inspect it rightBring an ID (Voter's ID is best, but if you don't have one,
> >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.
> >driver's license, passport, etc. any valid ID with your address andand end at 6 p.m.
> >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.
> >sent to the
> >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
> >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!
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