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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-22-08 03:52 AM
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27. Electronic voting is bloody well NOT the way to go
Electronic counting of cash, ATMS, bank accounts, etc. are all fitted out with unique transaction numbers, which you absolutely cannot have with voting and still have a secret ballot.

Voting and tabulation must be kept entirely separate. The only way to do that is with voter verified paper ballots counted by optical scanning (unless you live in a lightly populated area where a handcount may be feasible), which is then audited by random handcounts. Places with handcounts should audit them by weighing, or use weighing as the primary method and audit with handcount.

Anyone who trusts hardware or software is a naive idiot, even it it works well most of the time. As an analytical chemist, I audit my chromatography software by submitting at least one hand calculation with every data set. Our scales are tested with standard weights daily, even though it's been about 15 years since a scale has flunked.

Any direct recording machine should be smashed. Not only are they hackable, but they are really expensive disenfranchisement machines. They conflate the fast act of tabulation with the slow act of voting, thus slowing the whole process to the speed of its slowest step. A single slow voter at lunch hour could disenfranchise dozens who have to get back to work. (That's not to say that touchscreens shouldn't be used as interfaces, just that they should never record votes, but print out a scannable ballot to be tabulated with all the rest.)
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