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scottxyz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-04 04:07 PM
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Count locally - Total publicly
Few people are aware that their electronic votes aren't even counted at the polling station - in many cases, they're mysteriously shipped over unsecured phone lines to an unsecured county-level computer, where they're totalled for the first time.

All the hanky-panky's been taking place either en route to the county-level computer, or on the county-level computer itself - the infamous Diebold Central Tabulator That Ate Cleveland, running in Microsoft Access on Microsoft Windows on a PC anyone in the world can dial into and hack.

The solution: count and publish votes subtotals LOCALLY - AT EACH PRECINCT or POLLING STATION. Security and scrutiny can be tight at the thousands of polling stations in each state - and it would be too hard for a hacker to attack that many little precinct-level subtotals.

The county and state (and national) totals can then be computed PUBLICLY from all the precinct-level subtotals - by anyone with a spreadsheet or calculator.
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Trillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-04 04:11 PM
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1. Transparency is Good! nt
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scottxyz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-04 06:37 PM
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2. Vote Redundantly - Subtotal Locally - Add Publicly
In a nutshell:

- Cast duplicate votes (using carbon paper) in multiple ballot boxes; count the ballot boxes independently.

- Subtotal at the precinct/ward level - publish these results immediately.

- Anyone can thereafter compute totals for county, state & country.

I think this should STILL be done now - before Dec 12 - because the Diebold electronic voting machines have too many errors and BY LAW we need LEGITIMATE popular vote totals for the Electoral College by Dec 12. Print up carbon-copy ballots and hold another vote - on a weekend this time - and let people sign in with their photo id.
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