One thing people here often overlook
Posted Sep 1, 2004 16:35 UTC (Wed) by AJWM
In reply to: One thing people here often overlook
Parent article: Back door in Diebold voting systems?
In the old (and still widely used, worldwide) paper ballot system of marking an "X" beside your candidate, you certainly *can* verify whom you voted for. You can even watch as the poll worker takes the folded ballot and puts it in the ballot box. So far, so good (unless the poll worker is extremely skilled at sleight of hand, which is statistically unlikely).
True, after that you have to rely on the ballot counters to do their job honestly, and the observers to keep them so -- but in general since multiple parties have representitives involved and observing, odds are pretty good that your vote will be counted as cast.
(Of course there's still room for hanky panky -- bogus voter registration, bussing in of "voters" from other areas, "lost" ballot boxes, hanging chads... (oh, wait, no hanging chads with a marked "X" system) -- but a recount of your vote will still count it as for whom you cast it.)
Of course the electronic media don't like it because they can't give their breathless instant anlyses and before-the-poll-closes announcements of the "winner" (as happened in Florida because the panhandle is in a different timezone than the rest of Florida), but so what?
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