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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-26-11 12:46 PM
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13. Experience has shown the "paper backup" is almost never used to check results.
Even the courts can't be counted on to order such checks (hand counts), and I'm NOT just talking about Bush v. Gore.

Our legal system is too far behind the technology to be of much use in election cases. Voters apparently have no legal right to know that their votes are counted as cast. Lawyers won't represent voters in the courts because voters don't have the money to pay them. Candidates have standing in the courts, but are only concerned with winning their own particular elections. And their so-called "election lawyers" are mostly clueless when it comes to computers.

There may be ways to win at the state level, but lawyers get paid more for winning federal cases, so they won't go to the state courts and fight for voters.

Until all this is sorted out, which apparently will take decades (if ever), we should not be relying on or expanding computerized vote counting, especially via the Internet.
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