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brooklynite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-01-11 07:44 AM
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3. Well meant but naive...
I'm not objecting in principle to the notion of paper ballots, but defining how easy they are to tally based on "an off year election" isn't really appropriate. Consider next year's election. People could be voting for:

House Member
Other State Offices
State Senator
State Assembly Member
maybe a Mayor or town Council

and then all those ballot initiative and referenda. Under your system, each one needs a separate ballot put in a separate box and counted in a separate pile. Not a problem is people are willing to wait a week for the results to be known, but the voters and the media demand immediate results in today's world.

Bear in mind, most State now DO use paper ballots; after the issues with electronic voting machines came up, most State have gravitated to paper ballots with optical scanners. You can complain about the scanners' accuracy, but, as in your case, the paper ballots are there to be hand counted if someone demands it.
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