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Kelvin Mace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-20-10 07:14 PM
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12. Certainly...
1) The code must be available to election officials for certification.

2) It must be a criminal offense to use code that was not certified.

3) A statistically significant number of random audits must be conducted after the election in which electronic totals are compared to hand-counted totals. In the case of discrepancies between digital counts and manual counts, an expanded audit is mandated to discover the scope of the discrepancy and determine the reason. In the case of any difference between digital counts and manual counts, the manual count shall be presumed accurate, unless evidence of ballot tampering can be demonstrated.

Those basic criteria will give the best balance between automation and the errors inherent in hand-counting complex paper ballots. It maintains a tangible ballot, while streamlining the counting process. The audit process is a check against tampering with digital counting.

Until someone comes up with a better idea, that addresses the realities of elections with an electorate in the hundreds of millions, this is the best compromise.
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