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Reply #19: New Mexico was a trainwreck back in 2004 [View All]

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OnTheOtherHand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:42 AM
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19. New Mexico was a trainwreck back in 2004
The pushbutton DREs quite possibly cost Kerry the state. It isn't clear why.

Now New Mexico uses op-scan statewide -- not perfect, but a heck of a lot better. And as Wilms points out, the audit law has some excellent aspects.

Steal big and overwhelm triggers seems to be a mode of operation. Makes the rules too expensive to implement.

Not sure what you mean by this, but there's no reason why "steal big" has to be a devastatingly effective strategy. I do think it's a flaw in the New Mexico law that it doesn't require an audit for apparent margins greater than (I think) 15 points. It wouldn't be very expensive to require some auditing regardless of the apparent margin. And if huge numbers of votes were stolen all over the place, it doesn't take a large audit sample to catch on to the problem.

New Mexico has complicated recount/recheck laws, and I'm not sure I remember them correctly -- but I think a candidate can ask for some precincts to be recounted, at the candidate's expense unless the outcome is changed. That isn't how I would do it, but it does provide a backstop to the audit provision.
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