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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-09-07 10:22 PM
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72. troubleinwinter, can you provide a better link
The freepress story link you have right now doesn't go to the story about the number of workers. I'm curious about that as well. I think we can all agree that the DREs should be banned eventually, but I can't understand the logistics of HCPB either. Every time I try to ask supporters for details I get the same response about how people from the local neighborhoods are going to turn out. I'd like to believe that, but I don't feel very confident of that lasting. We're a country of slackers basically. Maybe right now this issue is getting a lot of buzz, but 4-6 years from now it's back to complacency. I also worry about how we're not getting all the election workers we need right now to run elections. Even if you agree to pay the people counting ballots you run into problems. Also what about those highly partisan pcts, are we going to trust the results in a pct that's highly partisan one way or the other?

I think the error rates for the optical scan machines are low enough that we can at least move back to those where the voter marked ballot is the ballot of record. You use the machines to do the counts but you have the paper to back that up, for audits for recounts and for any challenge.

I'm with Avi Rubin on this one too, just because the Holt bill doesn't outright ban DREs it's still a good bill to support. No legislation is perfect and this is something substantial in election protection. Something we can get before 2008. If nothing else when the printers added to the DREs do keep jamming or breaking down, the uproar for the need to get rid of the DREs will reach that critical mass. It's not there yet. There are many millions of people who like the damn things.

Sonia
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