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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-05-09 06:33 AM
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27. Holt's 3/5/10% audit will not give a high statistical confidence in close elections.
(ie: the ones we're most concerned with.)

In most other elections, it's overkill that wastes money.

While Holt's proposed bill doesn't prevent states from conducting better audits, it doesn't compel them.

A false sense of security could result. Conversely, a disrespect for the process could creep in.
As it is, many believe their vote is counted as a result of them having marked it on a paper ballot. :rofl: Others are giddy when Diebold gets the boot, only to be replaced by another vendor's insecure equipment. :eyes: But it's impolite to point out that paper ballots aren't any safer than a DRE given the way they are generally processed. You'd think the fact that the same GEMS system configures both Diebold's DREs and OpScans would be a massive clue. But no.

Many know Andy Stephenson called for paper ballots. Few recall that he advocated meaningful audits. The former, without the latter, is a is an unworthy goal.

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