Paper Ballot Efficiency Researcher

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Votenet Solutions, Inc.
1420 K Street NW #200
Washington, DC
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: Part-time, Unpaid

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Founded in 2001 Votenet™ Solutions, Inc. is dedicated to its mission of giving everyone a voice and helping everyone make decisions. It is the trusted provider of secure do-it-yourself voting and balloting software and outsourced election management solutions. Every day, Votenet helps the world's most recognized organizations, communities, and companies collaborate with stakeholders to elect new leaders, make important decisions, and set new policies. It is headquartered in Washington, DC and serves over 1,500 customers.
A Study in Paper Ballot Efficiency


Voting is a fundamental part of our lives. We elect our leaders, ratify our contracts, promote our artistic talent and even influence the products we purchase through crowd-sourced decision making.

In recent years, the ballot box has largely been sidelined by smartphone and tablet, introducing new concerns for the secrecy and integrity of the decisions we make. With these concerns in mind, the fact remains that a paper-and-pencil tally of ballots is sometimes required as the final arbiter in determining the winner of a voting event or election.

With that said, between human error and the practical constraints of time and money, paper ballot tabulation can be difficult for those unprepared to meet the task. Can anything be done to improve the process?


The goal of this project is to create a guide of best practices for, and evaluate the feasibility of manual paper ballot tabulation projects. A report should be created which identifies accuracy rates, speed and required resources needed for elections requiring hand tabulation. With an eye toward efficiency, the candidate should suggest a process for hand tabulation projects which mitigates human error while not making sacrifices for time.

The candidate should think creatively: researching ballot templates, paper types, printing methods and tallying processes.

The candidate will establish and perform tabulation time-trials and experiments, analyze the aggregated data and make recommendations based on that analysis.

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