"If I was checking ballots and was backing a particular candidate. I know damn well what the intent is. In fact I wouldn't even have to look." (BobS)
"I couldn't agree with you more. (DougR)
If I was counting ballots I'd do it honestly. I'd count them trying to respect the rights of the person whose vote it was. I've been present at counts, and have no doubt whatsoever that that is exactly the way that the overwhelming majority ofbthe people doing the counting (by hand of course, there's no other sensible way of doing it)have seen it.
What BobS just said there, and DougR said he agreed with, was equivalent to someone saying "If I was on a jury and someone whom I knew belonged to a party I disagreed with was on trial, I know damn well I'd vote to find them guilty."
I don't actually believe that is what you would do.