The ballot box is the counting of votes in a specific ballot box. The bulletin shows how many votes each candidate received on that election day at that polling station, in that electronic ballot box. The bulletin will be printed automatically at the polling station, in the presence of all who wish to vote and without human intervention, according to the Superior Electoral Court (TSE).
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The TSE advises that after 5:00 p.m., when voting is over, the polling station chairperson will type a code into the polling station’s terminal, which is linked to the electronic ballot box, informing the system that there are no more votes be registered. Five copies of the ballot box (BU) are printed. Each of them is provided with a QR code and must be signed by the board chairman and party controllers who are on site.
It is important to note that each ballot box relates to a single voting division. In Brazil and in most countries that vote for Brazilian elections, there is more than one polling station in New Zealand, for example, there are four. In Estonia it is one.
- One of the ways of the ballot box it is intended for inspection;
- Another is guarded by the section president Choice;
- Two are attached to the Section’s Minutes and forwarded to the electoral register;
- The fifth must be posted on the polling station door for public knowledge.
The ballots show the individual votes of each candidate who ran in that election and received votes in that particular section, the votes for each political party, the zero votes and the blank votes, and the total votes.
The QR code of the newsletter can be read with the cell phone camera and after reading the voter can access the Boletim na Mão application, which confirms that the document is genuine and issued by a real electronic ballot box.
Also, according to the TSE, all ballots must indicate the date of the election, the municipality, zone and polling station where they were issued and the date and time the vote ended and the identification code of the electronic voting machine that printed it, the number of eligible voters, the number of voters who turned up to vote and how many could not be identified by biometrics.
After the ballots have been printed, the president of the polling station breaks the seal on the electronic ballot box and removes the results. It is sent to the electoral roll together with a copy of the printed newsletter. At the registry office, the result media are connected to a computer on which the election programs are read and checked. The data is transmitted to the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) in Brasília.
In the TSE, the data is electronically checked again to ensure that it is only the data with the private programs of the electoral justice system. After the conference, the information package from this ballot box is added by a supercomputer to the result of all ballot boxes that receive votes nationwide.
It is this sum of votes that informs Brazil of the final outcome of the election.