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OnTheOtherHand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 03:01 PM
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79. ooh, I almost missed your edit
Yeah, I've had to learn to use sentence fragments for dramatic effect. :)

Yes, real hand audits would be an excellent start -- although the aftermath of the 2008 NH primary (with the partial recount) shows that there is always some scenario of ballot subversion that can't be ruled out to everyone's satisfaction. But a well-run audit, with good ballot security, would help.

I hope that no one has been secretly hand-counting ballots -- that's the last thing we need! Shades of Cuyahoga County. The truth is that as far as I can tell, there is nothing very suspicious about the Massachusetts results, so I doubt that the insiders would feel a great need to "sneak a peek." But you raise a question about access to cast ballots in MA that I haven't yet found an answer to. I think I'll have to (sigh) pick up the phone.

By the way, when I say that there's nothing very suspicious about the results, I don't mean that it isn't surprising that Coakley lost, although that's true; I mean that I don't see big outliers that cry out "machine error," nor a great contrast between the hand count and scanner results around the state. That doesn't prove that the results are accurate, of course.
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