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Kelvin Mace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-12-07 12:46 PM
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169. To answer your question:
Edited on Tue Jun-12-07 12:50 PM by Kelvin Mace
First, let me address this point:

People keep asking me how do you count a complicated ballot, but everyone Remains Silent when I give them this idea. WHY? What do you think of this idea? Is it workable?

First time I have seen it proposed. If you have asked me before and I missed it, then I apologize.

I would have NO problem in theory hand counting the Federal races if they were placed on a single ballot. I would still love to see the logistics of how this would be done, since you have just split the election process in half, something which I don't see election officials greeting with open arms.

If there are only THREE races on the ballot, then yes it would be possible to hand count accurately IF SUFFICIENT RESOURCES (PEOPLE, MONEY, FACILITIES) WERE DELEGATED TO THE TASK.

As to whether it is workable, that I have doubts about, since as I said, you have split the election in two. If you could somehow convince all 50 states to move state/local elections to a different day (good luck), you might have a chance. You would also have to have sufficient people to count, excellent chain of custody procedures and strict surveillance of the process.

I'd be happy to comment further when I see the legislation crafted.

Edited to update:

Also, are you saying that you would be happy to have state/local elections and issues counted by computer? Seems to me that far more mischief can be done at these levels. After all, the Right spent YEARS, DECADES even, getting themselves elected at the state and local level so they could influence the Federal elections.
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