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Vote Counting Methods Around-the-world (this is not a completely accurate list - edits are in red)
Source: International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) as of June 2004 / http://web.archive.org/web/20040603063529/http://www.idea.int/vt/analysis/vote_counting_methods.cfm
Latest IDEA link as of 9/22/08: http://www.idea.int/vt/vote_counting_methods.cfm - Haven't updated info below...
(Editor's note: The publication of this information is not an endorsement of this organization)
"How do different countries count their votes in national elections? There are two main ways of counting votes: either manually or with the help of technology. Some countries count the votes manually at the polling station whereby polling officials count the votes cast physically by hand. Other countries choose to use different types of technology when counting, namely vote counting machines. However, it is not just a question of the simple presence or absence of vote counting machines in a country, as a combination of the two may be used. Some countries practice manual counting in most polling stations or regions but have experimented by using vote counting machines in elections during recent years. Please keep in mind that this list contains only a limited number of countries from where this information has been available."
"Manual Counting and/or experimenting with technology (It is possible that some countries will count their ballot papers by hand at first, but then use computerized systems to aggregate the results. Particularly in proportional or alternative systems, computers can be used to produce faster and more accurate distributions of preferences or strikings of quota.)"
Antigua & Barbuda
Australia (might try using vote counting machines during upcoming elections but presently by hand)
Central African Republic
Italy (experimented with electronic voting, but rejected it)
Korea To Introduce Online Voting in 2008 They will be able to use their personal computers & mobile phones
Portugal (A pilot experiment with touch screens in Dec 1997 which went well. The technology was too expensive though)
Vanuatu (might try using vote counting machines during upcoming elections but presently by hand)
Countries that use technology - partly
Germany was in this column, but I believe that this listing is wrong I believe.
Countries that use technology - only
Source: The information above has been collected through interviews and/or short questionnaires from the Electoral Management Bodies in the different countries.
Read more about vote counting methods and practices at the website of the Administration and Cost of Elections Project. There you can also find some examples and case studies on vote counting in different countries.
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