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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:18 PM
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Poll question: What kind of voting mechanism is used at your polling place?
How does your polling place handle voting? At mine (during the 2004 election), it was optical scan machines, where you fill out the ballot SAT-style then stick it into a machine.

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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SmokingJacket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:20 PM
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1. New York state: lever machines.
They produce a big paper read-out at the end of the night. Prone to error, but relatively safe from fraud. This is the last year for them, however. :(
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:21 PM
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2. I forgot about lever machines....That seems so quaint.
But I'd kill for levers over the current crop of machines anyday.
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 10:12 PM
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25. Me, too. And I'm also in NY State.
I've never voted any other way, and I've voted since I cast my vote for Jimmy Carter. :-)
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readmoreoften Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:28 PM
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Me here too. Whoa, we're losing our levers???? /nt
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SmokingJacket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 02:32 PM
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12. Apparently -- ask your local officials when you go vote. nt
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HockeyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:32 PM
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7. Maybe not if you life in Suffolk County
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SmokingJacket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 02:31 PM
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11. Wow -- interesting!
I hope my BOE has heard of this.
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peanutbrittle Donating Member (605 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:23 PM
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3. Optical in OKC...here is a state by state report *.pdf
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 10:20 PM
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17. Thanks for the link.
:hi:
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:23 PM
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4. CT has lever machines.
:bounce:
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Atman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:28 PM
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5. Good old fashioned lever machines. They're iron clad.
To cheat, it has to be done the old fashioned way...turning out "dead" people, or other ways which can be fairly easily investigated (IF we had a press any more). But there is nothing that can be done to the old machines to rig the vote. They're entirely mechanical with redundant counters, visible to anyone at any time.

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Homer Wells Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:31 PM
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6. Touch screen
but with a paper-print out alongside the screen to verify what you voted.
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:33 PM
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8. We have touch screen with paper receipt verification
and if one doesn't want to use the touch screens, there are the optical scan ballots.
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:33 PM
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9. I have ESlate Hart Machine and it sucks
No Paper trail and No option for a paper ballot
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 10:19 PM
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16. That does suck.
:hurts:
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:33 PM
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10. I voted absentee. Paper ballot for the first time.
Like most Washingtonians. Up 'til now it's been punch cards.
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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 02:33 PM
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13. We vote on Optical scan machines, but the next town over
votes on touch screens. :grr:
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Pastiche423 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 02:59 PM
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14. Mail-in Paper Ballots
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 09:34 PM
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22. I like Oregon's approach to voting.
:thumbsup:
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BlueGirlRedState Donating Member (416 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 03:07 PM
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15. Travis County uses e-Slates
I am signed up to be a Election Judge --- I have never even been a poll worker before and now I'm in charge of my very own precinct. I took an hour of ADA training and then four hours of training for judges. The votes are recorded in a JBC machine, a sort of brains of the operation -- in both it's hard drive and a media disk, as well as the individual e-slate. We also went over the provisional ballot, and what to do if the voter has moved, has no voter's registration or other form of ID, doesn't show up on the list of registrars. I'm going to be optimistic here and say it looks like the county (and our County Clerk is a Democratic) really does try hard to make the election as tamper free as possible.

The e-Slates use a wheel to make the selection, and an enter button. I've never felt it was the most user friendly system in the world.
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Touchdown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 10:30 PM
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18. Older flat panel Sequoia LED console (not touch screen).
About 3X4 ft, with a red curtain on a shower rod. Has a plastic overlay, where a large paper with descriptions/candidates listed, and holes for the red lights to shine through, is inserted in it. Pressure buttons and LEDs register our choices. All choices are made, then there's a big button on the bottom of the panel to register the vote. You're done if you push this before your done choosing, and we're warned about it ever election. No paper trail, but they've been around ever since I moved to Denver in '97. No images in Google, just the new touch screens.
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 10:33 PM
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19. Same here n/t
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 10:38 PM
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20. es&s optical scan
I'm reasonably okay with optical scan (because hand counting out here in the land of a million ballot initiatives is not going to happen) but the es&s part makes me nervous. Still, there's a paper record, which beats the hell out of the vapor vote machines the next county over.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 03:24 PM
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21. Agreed. I like them better than the touch-screen scam machines...
but, I'm not completely at ease with optiscans either.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 09:57 PM
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23. optical scanner.
You fill out the ballot by using a pen with a special ink to connect 2 lines by the canidate's name. I like it because it's simple, no hanging chads, badly filled in circles, or rigged electronic machines.
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tyedyeto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 10:06 PM
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24. Optical scan here in AZ but...
there is an issue on this year's ballot to have ALL elections in the future be 'vote by mail' only.
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Generic Brad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 10:51 PM
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26. Diebold optical scanner
Should I be worried?
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 10:53 PM
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27. mostly optical scanning but they were trying out a touch screen
There was only one touch screen system there in the primaries.

In 04 it was all optical.
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