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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-10 11:18 PM
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29. You're the one who clearly doesn't understand how a 3% audit works.
You don't audit scanners, you audit the BALLOTS. 3% of, say, a state legislature election with 100,000 votes is 3,000 votes. If those votes match up exactly with how the scanners say they read, then the likelihood is extremely low that

Your "one bad scanner" theory doesn't pass the smell test. For starters, one scanner displaying radically different results than others in similar areas would trigger obvious scrutiny and a manual count anyway. If all the other machines at a given polling place go 55/45 for one candidate, and machine X goes 99 to 1 for the other, that's considered suspicious behavior.

For errors to affect the outcome of an election WITHOUT one machine being obviously out of whack, it would require many machines not counting properly. That's what the 3% audit is to test for--it indicates whether the machines are operating properly and whether a larger recount is needed.

Lastly, there's nothing about the new system that suggests your "one bad machine" theory is any more likely now than before. The old lever machines could just as easily provide a bad count. Only difference is, now there's a way to check them. While I'm not wild about the new machines, basing arguments about them on specious information and possibly deliberate misunderstandings of statistical probability is not the way to go.
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