Yesterday, 11:16 AM
No. On voting day, the ballots are removed from the machine and placed into storage. The ballots are not hand counted at that point - the numbers on the machine are recorded. It's a cluster fuck.
It's sort of convoluted. When voters show up, we sign a numbered slip. Then we present that slip to the person who passes out ballots. The ballots are not numbered, so you can't tell who voted for who, but they can tell that they passed out X number of ballots, and also who received each ballot.
So at the end of the day in a polling place with only a single scanner, the number on the scanner should match the number of ballots distributed. Of course some people make mistakes and get another ballot, but there's a log for that too. If 72 people got one ballot each, the number on the machine should equal 72 at the end of the day provided nobody forgot to feed it into the machine.
Sometimes the scanners jam. It will take the ballot halfway, then stop. The poll workers pull it out and then feed it through again. Apparently this tabulates some of the votes as well as adds 1 to the counter.
Obvious solution is obvious: when they are emptying the machines they should count to be sure the number of ballots distributed matches the number of ballots scanned. If not, then a manual count on the spot.