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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-31-06 10:03 AM
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2. Unless there's a statistically valid hand count
... there's absolutely no assurance that the scanners are tallying the ballots correctly. While I strongly prefer a scanner to a touchscreen because it has a verifiable 'original' paper document that can be audited, a failure to regularly incorporate a hand-count validation phase in tallying the vote opens the door to all manner of abuses.

By "statistically valid," I mean a sufficient sample size to assure a 98% confidence that the outcomes, at the precinct level, are as tallied. That means that the sample size would become larger as the percentage margins in individual races/measures became smaller. For particularly close races, this would result in a 100% manual recount.

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