But everybody has to take faith that the observers are fair and not tampered with. I can use my county government website to verify whether my ballot has been received and counted, but that is the extent of information that it will return to me. I cannot verify that my counted vote was counted properly, that my vote went toward my chosen candidate or my votes on measures were appropriately recorded.
I would support removing the blinders entirely, creating an open record of the vote, allowing anyone to verify the counts.
Granted, this is easier said than done. There are privacy implications, as scrubbing the data of personal information would inhibit independent verification. There are people who would refuse to vote if their vote was on public record. John Q Public might not want his family to know that he votes differently than the household slant, but perhaps openly recording who we vote for would allow us to move beyond some of the reasons why that might be.