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Reply #183: I wrote the article. I have not picked a candidate. The interest in voting rights here is huge. [View All]

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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-11-08 04:33 AM
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183. I wrote the article. I have not picked a candidate. The interest in voting rights here is huge.
What are you talking about? This was not a partisan post, it was written and submitted hours before the polls even opened in NH. If you read the first two paragraphs, there is nothing hostile about any candidate, just questions.

What's wrong with transparent, open voting processes, elections open to all citizens, rather than practices that discourage minority and poor voters. Open elections and the dangers of privacy and outsourcing are the themes of this article. "We'll never know." That's the basis for advocating open elections. We must be able to know. When the vote counting is done in secret and out of view of the candidates, there are problems.

There's no paper trail here except in the 19% of precincts where paper ballots are counted by hand. Optical scan forms are taken off by the e-voting company and the chain of custody is lost entirely. For all we know they could add some, take some away and then county whatever they want on the optical scanners. That's why evidence, in this case evidence of preference, has "chain of custody" as a prerequisite.

They can announce any totals they want for the optical scanned forms. We'll never know.

They can announce any totals they want for the recount. We'll never know.

Why? Because we don't know what happened to the ballots when they were outsourced to the private vendors.

That's not OK with me and shouldn't be for anyone who values democracy.


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