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And if anybody wonders why the number of folks using absentee ballots has shot up, see here. Murphy's Law remains the law of the universe!


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Oct. 30th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
Ah, but everyone "knows" that the dems are doing all the voter fraud, just ask Faux Gnus.
Oct. 30th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
You'd be wrong... did you read the article? After calibrating, it flipped a republican vote to independant.

I just find it hilarious that the only reason the expensive and troublesome electronic voting machines exist is because people were afraid of paper ballots... either by trying to save paper, worried about hanging chads, or thinking that it would speed up the tallying process... all of which have proven faulty in practice.

I'm glad San Diego County doesn't use electronic voting machines. They tried to one year, but it failed and the entire program has been dumped.

Edited at 2008-10-30 10:08 pm (UTC)
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Oct. 31st, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
Random flipping is enough to disqualify it, regardless of whose vote goes where. I'd ascribe this one to Murphy, mostly because as any programmer will tell you, it wouldn't be THAT hard to hocus the vote invisibly to the user.
Oct. 31st, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Goodie - leave us hope LA was paying attention and sticks with Ink-a-vote.
Oct. 31st, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
They are. It's so much easier to set up, easier to verify, and cheaper to run that it's a no-brainer.
Oct. 30th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
And remember, all these touch-screen voting machines were put in as a crash program after Indecision 2000.

1) Anything brought in as a crash program is going to be buggy.

2) Handling all the different combinations of contests, candidates, and even order of candidates within a contest is complex. (Each unique combination of contests, candidates, order, and ballot measures is called a ballot type, and can vary from precinct to precinct.) Any counting system has to keep track of ALL these variables, as well as conform to constantly-changing state laws and Election Codes. This complexity makes ballot-counting systems maintenance nightmares in any case.

3) All the Election Watchdog Kyle's Moms (and their lawyers) come out of the woodwork on Election Night; you have no idea of the kind of stress this puts on the Election Department. Especially when every Conspiracy Theory in existence gets attached to the counting systems and their software.

How do I know all this? I was involved in development of a ballot-counting system in the mid-Nineties (punch-card & mark-sense) used by half the counties in California. It was complex and messy; we had a hard enough time getting the system to count accurately with all the above variables and make it fail-safe in case of any malfunction to put in any Secret Back Doors for the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy (TM). (However, the last time I tried to explain it on a blog, I immediately got screamed down by all the Conspiracy Freaks who immediately branded me Willing Stooge of The Conspiracy. I will never make that mistake again. Any nail that sticks up gets hammered down, HARD.)
Oct. 31st, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
"Ink-a-vote"? Thank you - no chads, hung or otherwise and clear to user, tabulating computer, and tabulating human as needed. Nice job.

The wise nail has a nice pointy head designed to go right through the hammer... :)
Oct. 31st, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
I'm going to the polls on Tuesday armed with a fresh book
The early voting in Arkansas is running hot and heavy; as-of this morning something like 14% of the eligible voters have Voted Early.


The early voting here uses only non-paper-trail touchscreen machines, whereas the at-precinct voting at least gives you the OPTION of the paper ballot that is optically scanned and tallied.
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