Traditionally, and currently, what stops human vote counters from altering ballots to make them 'Spoilt / Invalid votes?

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Traditionally, and currently, what stops human vote counters from altering ballots to make them 'Spoilt / Invalid votes' ?

Referring to - Spoilt vote / Invalid vote

So if a theoretically dishonest human vote counter could mark / alter ballots that vote for politicians they are opposed to, to have them be disregarded as Spoilt votes / Invalid votes

One would think the obvious answer would be the presence of overseers, however, would there not be cases of rooms with lots of human vote counters and not enough overseers.

A USEFULL MEASURE would be to place all the 'Spoilt votes' into separate containers to have them examined, initially with magnifying glasses, these days, with all the new tech, there would be all sorts of methods, but of course applying them to more than one counting table would not make it viable, you would think.

NOTE - A commenter below this question wrote -
"Multiple persons each checking each other" -
Two things -

  • (1} - What if it is the first human counter that reads the ballots that alters them, then the ballot/ballots is changed forever without detection
  • (2) - If the form is changed by a later human counter, then the form is changed forever and many may assume an error occurred, this could occur if the specific ballot form is not tracked / photographed
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