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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 10:47 PM
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3. Which ones? All the EDs I know of were ordered to junk the lever machines...
Edited on Thu Dec-08-11 10:50 PM by TreasonousBastard
besides, having worked with the new ones and been involved with recounts and tests, I am well aware that you CAN look at the ballots to see where the overvotes were, just as you can look at them in a recount. You just can't tell who did it, or who they intended to vote for. It's a problem, but no more than any other and not one to doom democracy itself.

When a voter is told he or she overvoted and the vote won't count, that voter is free to vote again or let it go. Letting it go is tantamount to not voting for an office-- just as they were free to do with the levers. The entire ballot is not cancelled.

I'll admit that there may be other machines in other counties that aren't as smart as ours are, since we have several choices of machine, but you still have to get over it because the levers aren't coming back. If you really want to do something helpful, work for better training for the poll workers. If you really think machines were programmed to ignore overvoting, fight with the BoEs you suspect let that happen.

On edit...

Yeah, I forgot school board and other such elections can still use the levers if they're still around.
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