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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-21-09 12:56 AM
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14. There ARE pros and cons
Edited on Tue Jul-21-09 12:56 AM by WillYourVoteBCounted
and also other things to consider, which is why I am ambivalent.

I totally oppose the argument that requires attacking either Holt (for the bill)
or that attacks the late John Gideon or Ellen Theisen (against).

For your information, Ellen Theisen is not promoting the VotePad and further she has no
vested interest in the Holt bill.

My pros and cons:

pro -

reluctant states will be forced to have paper ballot systems and will
have to ditch paperless DRES.

DREs are eliminated.

cons -

a billion $ will be spent on voting systems, helping out ES&S, Diebold, Sequoia and Hart Intercivic or others. I would rather see money spent on systems that if they have software, it is the people'software.

I would rather not see the vendors get a dime more.

New machines like ES&S DS 200 had a high undervote rate in Florida counties.
There is something wrong with that system.

Voting vendors are turning optical scanners into a combo DRE/optical scanner machine.

States like mine, NC - have the early version of Automark that cannot be adapted so that the paper ballot does not have to be handled. NC would have to replace Automarks in all counties, and we might also have to replace all existing optical scan machines. We have specific requirements for voting vendors in our states that would likely lead to all new voting machines when we just purchased them in 2006.

Our state would also be vulnerable to gutting of our current paper ballot law, for standards for voting vendors and their CEOS.

So my state may have something to lose - and voting vendors much to gain, if the Holt bill passes.

So before you attack people for not supporting the bill, listen to their reasons.

And vice verse.

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