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mojowork_n Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 12:08 AM
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5. Honestly, it seems a little gimmicky
From out here in Wisconsin, the one thing I've learned is that voting is correctly described when it's referred to as a "process."

That means ALL of the duties and actions of the county clerk of elections, or whoever is in charge of the vote, have to be transparent.

And more important than what shows up at the end of the process -- whatever number of paper ballots -- is the chain of custody of those ballots, and the verifiable security on how the ballot bags were handled.

In last spring's supreme court election, we had bags and bags of ballots that were ripped, not sealed, that had all the appearance of having been 'stuffed.'

They had to be counted, because the presumption was made that "while there were 'irregularities,' no criminal or fraudulent activity could be proven.

In other words, nobody was watching the watchers, the counters, the people responsible for the integrity of the election process. Whose supervisor used to work for the 'winning' candidate, and can only be described as a Republican stalwart.

...That's not even starting to get in to the whole "electronic ballot" issue, sub-contracting the right to count votes to private firms' whose software is more important than the public's right to a fair, clean and verifiable election.

Voting in this country is a mess, and this initiative is definitely a step in the right direction, but it's only that.

Thanks for posting the link. I did link in and cast a vote. (I'm not telling how I voted. But who would care anyway? The right to have the ballot counted accurately is more important than protecting secrecy, if you ask me.)

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