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Reply #9: Oh, I see. So what percentage of the ballots were actually counted by hand then? [View All]

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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 02:55 AM
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9. Oh, I see. So what percentage of the ballots were actually counted by hand then?
Edited on Fri Dec-09-11 03:06 AM by Bill Bored
As far as what it would cost, I wonder how much you think our democracy is worth, but the answer to your question is: it would probably cost about 15 a vote to count them all by hand.

Columbia County, which uses the same scanners as CD-1 (Suffolk County) uses, does 100% hand counts of ALL contests. They can probably tell you exactly how much it costs.

You seem to think that hand counts aren't necessary to confirm the outcomes of close elections. So just hand count those absentee ballots and let the scanners do the rest -- overvotes, undervotes and all, right?

Do you really think I'm beating a dead horse?

Have you ever heard the names Al Gore and Al Franken? They have more in common than just their first names.

The first Al would have been President if all the votes were counted in FL in the year 2000, or alternately, if Florida had run their elections on lever voting machines.

The second Al got to be a US Senator because they at least tried to count all the votes in his home state of Minnesota, despite what the machines said.

What the 2 Als had in common was a very close election. Here in NY, we've opted for the Florida solution, i.e., DO NOT EVEN TRY TO COUNT ALL THE VOTES.

I suspect that New Yorkers are so used to trusting machines, because they were REAL nuts and bolts machines, that it's going to take a while before they realize they shouldn't be trusting computers to count votes.

Heck, the press and some of our election lawyers still call absentee ballots "paper ballots," as if they're the only paper ballots in the state, and they still say a hand count of those few ballots is a "recount!" :wtf:
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