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kster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-26-07 05:07 PM
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Al Gore on Hand Counted Paper Ballots
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VICE PRESIDENT GORE

November 15, 2000



SNIP...This is a time to respect every voter and every vote. This is a time to honor the true will of the people. So our goal must be what is right for America. There is a simple reason that Florida law and the law in many other states calls for a careful check by real people of the machine results in elections like this one. The reason? Machines can sometimes misread or fail to detect the way ballots are cast, and when there are serious doubts, checking the machine count with a careful hand count is accepted far and wide as the best way to know the true intentions of the voters.


That is why there have already been partial or complete hand counts not just in two Democratic counties in Florida, but in six Republican counties as well.

We need a resolution that is fair and final. We need to move expeditiously to the most complete and accurate count that is possible. And that is why I propose this evening a way to settle this matter with finality and justice in a period of days, not weeks.

First, we should complete hand counts already begun in Palm Beach County, Dade County and Broward County to determine the true intentions of the voters based on an objective evaluation of their ballots. Observers and participants from both parties should be present in every counting room, as required under Florida law. The results of this recount would, of course, be added to the present certified vote total and the overseas absentee vote total. If this happens, I will abide by the result, I will take no legal action to challenge the result, and I will not support any legal action to challenge the result. I am also prepared, if Governor Bush prefers, to include in this recount all the counties in the entire state of Florida. I would also be willing to abide by that result and agree not to take any legal action to challenge that result. If there are no further interruptions to the process, we believe the count can be completed with seven days of the time it starts

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/election/july-dec00/gore...



Lets review: Al Gore says:

1) Machine count with a careful hand count is accepted far and wide as the best way to know the true intentions of the voters.

2) Settle this matter with finality and justice in a period of days, not weeks.

3) We need to move expeditiously to the most complete and accurate count that is possible.


If you take a look at

Bill Faulkners Answer to Fear and Loathing in the Voting Booth

a) optical scan counting and hand counting of optical scan ballot with

b) the hand counted paper ballots serving as the ballot of record.

Each process checks the other and the entire process serves as both a tabulation of votes and a simultaneous audit, conducted in the open by citizens not private concerns

http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_michael__070308...

If Bill Faulkner plan was in place in 2000, Al Gore would be President today.
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