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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:36 AM
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5. Since I actually worked with this stuff, I need a lot less education than you think...
The spot checks have shown the machines to accurately count, but you obviously don't care about that. Hand recounts are not only allowed, but I have been involved with one in the last Congressional race. You are confusing a particular deal in a particular court with the reality of what happens in a contested election. And, just where is "the public" allowed to see ballots? Or the wheels in the old lever machines, for that matter. Even poll watchers are only allowed to hear the totals, and not allowed to see the tapes, or the backs of the old lever machines. (Although this is often, properly or not, at the discretion of the poll coordinator)

I won't argue argue that a ballot shouldn't be spit out if there's an overvote, just like it's spit out if it's unreadable, but that's not the machine's fault. It's the way the BoE wants it, so go argue with them.

Beat the dead horse all you want, but the machines are not going away. Better you should waste your time trying to improve them.

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