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Reply #46: I don't think the number of ballots is the prpblem. [View All]

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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-24-08 12:10 AM
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46. I don't think the number of ballots is the prpblem.
There aren't 500,000 ballots in a single precinct, are there? So you can have more than 3 people to count them all.

What could be a problem is the number of contests on the ballot at a given precinct -- not the whole county. I don't see why that's necessarily more than in NH, but it's possible.

If we're serious about hand counting, we should stagger the elections so there are fewer contests held in a single election year. Odd years for local, even years for state and federal, etc.

It might also be necessary to appoint some officials rather than elect them to reduce the number of contests. That might not go over too well with the electorate, and it would require laws to be changed in some states.

So hand counting may not be for everyone, but I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss it.
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