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BanTheGOP Donating Member (596 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 10:58 AM
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8. I don't mind electronic voting...IF(and it's a mighty big if!!)...
...we do the following.

1. Designate a multi-partisan (NOT "bi"-partisan; we need to have the input of all the other parties, especially if the republican party is banned) task force to designate a consortium to develop, test, and implement the electronic voting system, including ALL elements of the balloting information, voting machines, ballot boxes, centralized voting apparatus, and all transmission encryption methods.

2. Upon initial registration, and for every authorized subsequent elections, every voter is assigned a special number that will allow him/her/tg to contain all the voting information for a particular election: precinct, voting selections, and all candidates or issues selected.

3. Every voter, once he/she/tg has entered his/her/tg's selection, can have the selections printed out before he/she/tg leaves the booth and VERIFY that all selections have been chosen. The slip of paper will also say "VERIFICATION ONLY" to indicate it's not a submitted ballot yet. By law, this cannot prove a selection; it is only used to verify the immediate selections before the ballot is electronically submitted.

4. Once the voter verifies the selections, he/she/tg presses submit. The information is transmitted to a central voting clearinghouse. At that point, a paper ballot is printed on a blind carbon paper, with only the voter's special identification number printed on the top of the sheet in both readable numbers and a scan code of the same number. The ballot would actually have two sections divided by a perforated line. The results are printed on both halves of the carbon paper.

5. The voter tears off his/her/tg's copy of the official vote. The other half will go into the official precinct box. Now, this is not just a box with a slot. It is a scanner that you slide the ballot into the scanner. The number is scanned, and the ballot is mechanically inserted into the box. THESE BALLOTS ARE THE ONLY OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS DESIGNATING THE VOTES OF THE PEOPLE.

6. Once the ballot has been scanned and inserted into the ballot box, a sticker with the voter's ID number is ejected from the ballot box.

7. The sticker is verified by a precinct official, and adhered to the precinct roster of voters. Note, no names are used here, all information will be tied in with the special identification number. The sticker contains a scan code for machine readability.

8. At the end of the voting period, all ballots will be removed from the ballot box and the following syncronization checks MUST occur:

A. The machine generated list of voter ID's that were transmitted to the central location.
B. The voter ID's from the ballots from the ballot box.
C. The amount and voter ID's of the stickers on the precinct exit lists.

Not only must the counts all match, exactly, but the identification numbers must match...exactly! This process can be done automatically or by hand count.

9. In the event of a close election, the election officials open the ballots for a hand count as necessary. The same hand-count rules come into play:

A. If the voting percentage is within a designated percentage, a hand-count will be automatically ordered by the voting registrar.
B. If any candidate wishes to pay for it, a hand-count can be conducted for any reason.

10. CENTRAL APPARATUS: Note I said "apparatus", because the control of the central apparatus automatically must mandate very specialized process, including a DOUBLE-BLIND accountability system that ensures no one person or group can control the actions of any of the voting steps. This includes a confirmation process that will allow ANY voter the ability to verify his/her/tg's vote at ANY time after the election.

Now, this was quite a mouthful...but electronic voting CAN be used properly and effectively. But...before ANY of the above can happen, we MUST ban the republican party, otherwise they will NEVER go for this! Diebold has endangered the planet three times already; we can NOT afford them to do it EVER AGAIN.


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