A poll tape is a printout of the vote count total from the voting machines in a polling place. It is a long strip of paper that looks similar to a grocery store receipt. A poll tape shows the results of every race and every issue on the ballot for the voting machines in that polling place. If the poll tape results don't match the published results, that indicates a problem that requires further investigation. This is the true value of compiling polling tapes; it is a way to Validate The Vote to make us more confident in the results OR catch mistakes in the count. In most places, it is required that the poll tape be posted on the door of the polling place after the polls close.
Watch this short video ( 1 min 30 sec) that shows two actual Poll Tapes that DON'T MATCH. Both from the same precinct!
Watch this short video (1 min 30 sec) that shows the manual change of vote totals at the
central elections office. This type of vote alteration can be caught by comparing the poll tape photos to the manipulated published results.
We are assembling a list of many independent groups who are planning to photograph poll tapes on election night. You can see which groups are working in your state so you can share information and prevent duplication.
The Poll Tape Verification Project is the best way in this short time to be able to compare poll tapes with published results to see if they match..
Validate The Vote USA welcomes everyone focused on poll tape verification to this web page as a base for centralized information.
This project targets specific counties in the 10 swing states: Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. And the 4 Senate states: Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Montana..
Leaders in each state can pinpoint the most important counties for their election. There are election experts also working on which counties are most critical, which will be posted here.
For each state, Validate The Vote USA will endeavor to provide support in the following five areas:
1. Volunteers to take poll tape photos in each state
2. State statutes and county procedures regarding poll tape photography
3. Volunteer Lawyers to assist.
4. Training in the most effective methods for taking poll tape photos and how to deal with election officials
5. List of groups in each state that are supporting the Poll Tape Verification Project.
6. Upload of photos: There are various options for the uploading of poll tape photos. These options will be posted soon.