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Kelvin Mace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-20-10 07:30 PM
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13. Sorry, I must disagree
There is no point to electronic voting OTHER than the opportunities it creates for fraud.

This construes the existence of a criminal cabal which I have yet to see evidence of.

It doesn't create a cost savings, these machines and their maintenance is expensive.

It is far cheaper, and more accurate (with proper safe guards) than hand counting. Hand-counting a hundred million plus mutli-page ballots is neither. Sorry, but that is just the case. The more people handling ballots, the greater the chance for error, ballot damage, loss, etc.

Maintenance is expensive, but again, cheaper than the cost of the legions of people that would be required to hand-count.

It doesn't enhance the integrity of the process, in fact it does quite the opposite by eliminating the paper trail

I agree, which is why I do not support paperless voting systems, and have fought against it for years.

So why do electronic voting at all? Until and unless someone advances a reason that is sufficient to overcome the two negatives listed above, the only reasonable assumption is that it is to enable fraud, full stop.

I have had my arguments (quite heated at times) with election officials over the years, but I never met one who didn't take their job seriously, and try to execute it with integrity.

I am sure dishonest election officials exist, but they are in the distinct minority.

Again, if a person is serious about their intent to change things, they don't walk into an election official's office and call him a crook. People who have done that have yet to accomplish anything constructive.

I know I will not convince you of my view, so I'm sorry we couldn't come to a meeting of minds.
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