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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-08 02:26 PM
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33. More Unfinished 2008 Election Business: Verifiable Vote Counts
The ongoing Senate races in Minnesota and Georgia highlight America's disparate systems of voting and auditing the count.

Whether Democrats hold a filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate -- cementing their political power as Barack Obama becomes the 44th president -- will be decided in early December as Minnesota finishes a senate recount and Georgia holds a run-off election.

But the nation will be seeing more than whether Minnesota Democrat Al Franken beats Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman to become the 59th Democratic senator, and whether Georgia Democrat Jim Martin beats Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, possibly putting a 60th senate seat in Democratic hands.

The country will also see a stunning contrast between two of the most commonly used voting systems in America -- hand-marked paper ballots in Minnesota versus paperless electronic voting in Georgia -- and that contrast, between an ability or lack thereof to verify vote counts, will highlight the need for additional federal election reforms.

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