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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-17-10 09:51 AM
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18. I've been thinking for a while that election officials are normally...
crooks or idiots. One or the other is a job requirement in most states.

I spent a few years working with computerized cash registers and accounting systems, occasionally doing some programming. Counting things is one of the simplest things for a computer to do and is infinitely more accurate then hand counting. Scanning is also effectively error free. Errors that show up are usually human-- like the store not entering new prices in the register software.

Do you really want your bank to go back to handwritten ledgers? Throw away all the ATMs? Or is it just voting that should stay prehistoric?

I'm gobsmacked that a company like Diebold, with its ATM business, seems to have completely forgotten about the concept of audit trails when designing a vote counter. When proposing electronic registers for franchised stores and restaurants we had to follow corporate guidelines maybe 15 pages long. Everything revolved around audit trails and redundancy to eliminate fraud and error.

So, the problem isn't electronic voting machines, it's letting them be designed by bureaucrats and software engineers instead of accountants.



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