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notesdev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-20-10 05:48 PM
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11. That doesn't address the issue
You can have paper ballots counted by a scanner without sacrificing accuracy or integrity, and with no substantial lack of speed. Speed isn't even a desirable trait in an election system. The desirable traits in an election system are accuracy and integrity. With either one missing you don't have an election, you have a charade.

The problem we are discussing here is the electronic casting of votes for electronic counting. No scanning involved if there's no paper trail. Problem is you have to just trust what the database says, with no other record to confirm it. If one can neither verify the count independently (as you could with scanned ballots, by using another scanner or by hand-counting) nor be assured of what code is actually running on the machines, then the election itself can be wholly manipulated by anyone with access to these machines.
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