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Re: SOVC - Cumulatively Tally Precincts With Under Five Ballots Cast In EV/Absentee - For Texas

This is done and will be in GEMS-1-18-9.
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Sent: Friday, January 25, 2002 12:32 PM
Subject: SOVC - Cumulatively Tally Precincts With Under Five Ballots Cast In EV/Absentee - For Texas

Date Requested:    January 25, 2002
Requested By:    Texas Accounts
Date Needed:    ASAP
Description:    The Texas accounts need to have the ability to print an SOVC report where any precincts that have under five ballots cast in early voting/absentee (absentee/cumulative counter group selection) have only zeros displayed in their totals fields and the totals from those precincts then accumulated and displayed at the end of the precinct list but before the grand total line in a line labeled "Under Fives".  This would be best implemented as a check box in the "Show Options" labeled as "Separate Under Fives"
Motivation:    Texas State Law requires that early voting/absentee results for precincts where under five ballots have been cast cannot be released by precinct. 
The text of the Texas Election Code follows:
Title 7, Section 87.1231.
(a)  Not later than the time of the local canvass, the early voting clerk shall deliver to the local canvassing authority a report of the total number of early voting votes for each candidate or measure by election precinct.  The report may reflect the total for votes by mail and the total for votes by personal appearance.
(b)  The early voting clerk may not report vote totals under Subsection (a) for an election precinct in which fewer than five votes are cast during the early voting period
For verification, this and other associated code may be viewed at the following location: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/statutes/eltoc.html
Attached is a sample current SOVC and a representation of an SOVC with "Absentee" (cumulative) counter group and the proposed "Separate Under Fives" option selected.  Also attached is a representation of the "Under Fives" line as it should appear on the report.
Cathi Smothers
Global Election Systems