Posted Sep 9, 2004 14:33 UTC (Thu) by forthy
In reply to: Patience
Parent article: Back door in Diebold voting systems?
Why the heck does it take a year to manually recount all votes in God's
own Country(tm)? Here in Germany, all votes are counted manually, and
recounting is mandatory. Last time, our two big parties were "too close to
call" in the first count (some votes got lost in the hurried accumulation
at 4am), but the recount fixed that. The recount usually is available 2
weeks after the election. That's all mandatory by law, so there is no
silly dispute over it.
Nationwide elections here are usually quite close, and this seems to be
the same anywhere - two-party systems establish even without winner takes
it all (the other parties are struggling at a low level), and the two
sides take about 50% of the population. The positions of the two big
parties are so close to each other that the voter has no real choice. Or
at least thinks he has no real choice, since the position of a party
before election is not what they do afterwards. Unfortunately, what they
do afterwards depends mostly on lobbyists, and the lobbyists are the same
in any case.
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