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Febble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-17-05 05:13 PM
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51. That is the abyss indeed
but you don't have to go there, surely? What you need is an auditable electoral system. Without one, clearly, there can be no redress (exit polls are a very poor way to audit an election). But auditable elections are easy to devise. We have them in the UK.

(For the first time, this year, there was some cheating, but that was due to a change in the regulations for postal voting. It is being rapidly fixed.)

But you need some kind of hard record (paper seems obvious), scrutinised counting, and some kind of mandatory recount system that is legally enforceable. I still fail to understand why Kenneth Blackwell is walking around free when the Ohio recount was simply a sham. I dispute the fraud interpretation of the exit poll discrepancy on the principle that the sample was unlikely to be random. But by the same principle I dispute that the Ohio recount was a recount precisely because the sample of hand counted precincts was not random.

If a true recount followed a challenge or a close call, you'd have taken a big step back from the abyss.
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