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frazzled Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-05-09 01:33 AM
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10. What makes you want to cling to lever machines?
I voted on lever machines when I lived in New York in the late 1960s and 1970s. They were old then. I was stunned to hear my son say he had to vote on a lever machine when he moved to New York a just a year or so ago.

Lever machines

(a) have no paper trail.

(b) are eminently riggable; historically, they have been rigged: all it takes is for a mechanic to make an adjustment in the back to rig the vote counting, no matter what lever you pull.

I think a good optical scan system would be superior.

As for IRV, I have participated in test runoff-voting, in a meeting for Common Cause. I have no objection to it theoretically, but practically, and especially having seen some of the wacky ballots that came out of Minnesota (the most literate state in the nation, according to a just-out ranking), I think it is too complicated for most voters. If they can't mark a lousy choice for a single candidate, I don't see how they can rank two.


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