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Reply #32: I agree. Consider changing the recount request deadline to a later one. [View All]

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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-06-08 09:33 PM
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32. I agree. Consider changing the recount request deadline to a later one.
Also, it may still be possible to get a court to order a recount using the evidence obtained from the audit.

However, all this recount stuff is really a reaction to FL 2000 where it would have changed the outcome of a very important election.

Prior to that, at least in some states, recounts were considered to be the least secure counts, due to increased opportunity for tampering after the polls close and the ballots are no longer under observation. It's only because of the unreliability of software (and current hardware) used in today's voting systems, and the trauma of FL 2000 and a few other cases, that recounts are all the rage in the election integrity community.

Ideally, we should have voting systems that provide reliable, accurate counts on election night. But that seems to be a thing of the past unless you vote on lever machines or count by hand. The problem is the laws haven't kept up with the technology. So we are stuck with having to use software and find ever more clever ways to verify that it behaved as it was supposed to on election night. While this is intellectually challenging and is a good way for some to get grant money, in practice it's a pain in the ass, and no one is really serious about doing it.
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