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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-27-11 03:49 PM
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9. I think that issue goes back a decade.
Edited on Wed Apr-27-11 03:53 PM by Wilms
Paperless DREs were being pushed and alarm bells were going off. HCPB wasn't going to happen. Reformers, wrongly, thought that lever manufacturers were out of business. Optical Scan seemed the obvious fall-back choice "because you have the paper ballot in case there are any questions".

Lost in all of that was the fact that optical scanners ARE computers, and that you need recount law to get at the paper.

So there's A LOT of misunderstanding out there. I really should have a blurb handy to paste given the number of times I posted an explanation, especially with regard to NY where NYVV/Lipari did a lot of damage to efforts to educate about the involved issues.

New York, pending the outcome of a lawsuit against optical scan computer vote tallying, has just started using scanners. The first election with state-wide use of them saw the state senate handed over to republican control in a razor thin margin election that was a poster child for the need for recount law. A court blocked the recount. Lipari, et. al. didn't say a word until right before the final appeal.

Not cool. And predictable. Their mantra was "you have the paper ballot in case there are any questions".

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