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zacherystaylor Donating Member (97 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-27-11 09:57 AM
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8. I indicated that there should be paper backup
I agree with some of your points; however I still think that if the system is checked properly that it could be helpful. My comments included a paper back up which should have the candidates names written as well as a bar code so that the voter and the election workers could rely on the written portion, which couldnt be hacked once it is printed out, if there is any problem. The bar code would be used only for quicker counting; it isnt necessary if theyre going to be mandatory hand counting but it would allow for quicker reporting of the results assuming there isnt a problem. The system should be checked to make sure it works first of course. If there are problems they should be fixed before the election. Once the written portion is printed and deposited it can't be hacked assuming it isn't done by hand. That could also be done with non-computer assisted ballots. The way to avoid this would involve closer watching at the polls by sincere and active citizens. The computer would just be a potential good tool and anyone should be able to verify the written portion without computer knowledge including the typical voter.

This doesn't mean I think this should be the only idea considered but it would be better than what theyre doing now. I dont think false concerns should be used to avoid instant run-off elections which would clearly be better than allowing a two party system where both parties are controlled by the corporations. There are plenty of political operatives that will use any distraction tactic they can get away with to avoid a truly sincere system.

Thanks for the links; Ill take a closer look when I get the chance but it is clear that none of them could change the fact that as long as there is a written paper backup that can be recounted it wouldnt be worse than the corrupt system (or different systems which seem to change from county to county) we now have.
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