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Response to BradBlog (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 03:20 AM

5. Since I've spent quite a few long days as an election judge, chairman, and coordinator...

counting ballots by all means possible around here, and have been involved in hand recounts, I suspect I know as much as you do about counting ballots. Probably a lot more, since you're obviously missing a few things.

Sure, local counting is distributed and done by a lot more people, but that just means more errors with no easy audit trail and fatigued poll people still counting at two in the morning. We don't let the local polls count absentee ballots when they reach a certain point in order to reduce errors and get people home at a less unreasonable hour.

Maybe I did assume too much thinking you also implied that computers were inefficient, but that makes absolutely no difference when you are just plain wrong about everything else. The problem is not scanning ballots (a technology perfected back in the punchcard days) but lousy equipment and/or software from certain vendors (at least one of whom makes ATMs-- so knows how to make accurate machines) and possibly mistakes at the BoE when they set up the candidates and lines. My county has had problems, but none so far have been with the machines of software-- it's all been unfamiliarity of the voters and poll workers. Sorry-ass politicians and hack election commissioners around the country who have never had to deal with a change before most likely didn't help the transition.

We are NOT going back to hand counts or levers. It's just not gonna happen. If you must have a cause, let it be to identify the specific problems and fix the scanners. Whaddaya know-- it seems they're doing this in the case you mentioned.

BTW, there is no double negative up there-- easily shown if you remember how to diagram sentences and that English often makes no change for the objective case.

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