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Voting and Technology [Jan. 8th, 2008|08:17 am]
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There is a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/06/magazine/06Vote-t.html?pagewanted=all">good article</a> in the New York Times Magazine about touch screen voting machines.  In passing it mentions how long it takes to count 'millions of paper ballots."

Um... Even if there were NO machines, how difficult would this really be?  At each precinct, poll workers tabulate votes, under the eyes of poll watchers.  They send the ballots to a central location for safekeeping under lock and key, call the main office to report totals, and go home.

It would take one person a long time to count a million ballots. Or 100 million.  But it wouldn't take that long for a group of people -- poll workers and poll watchers -- to count a thousand ballots, and very little time to total their totals. 

And we'd have a election process we could trust.

Am I missing something here?

[User Picture]From: eccles
2008-01-08 02:29 pm (UTC)
I would even suggest that for an election that spans a number of time zones, a rapid count in undesirable. Besides, the job doesn't start until January, what's the rush.
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[User Picture]From: icis_machine
2008-01-08 04:39 pm (UTC)
lotsa places use paper still.

anyway, this was a Dan Rather Reports show that talks about the touchscreen and the paper etc...
It's quite good and for once my old job educated me instead of made me dumber.

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