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  •  Youch! I thought we wanted Ohio in the Win column (0+ / 0-)

    and transparency in vote tabulation seems the bare minimum since Bain owns the machines.  

    •  Two Counties (0+ / 0-)

      Hamilton and Williams (out of 88 counties in Ohio).

      They are optical scan systems which means that the paper ballot still exists for manual counts. The counting by those machines can be set for precinct counting i.e. the votes are not sent to a central counting computer, but I don't know what those counties have decided to do.

      8 counties actually use the electronic voting machines that have been the subject of many issues - but Bain doesn't have anything to do with those.  Those machines print your choices for you to review before you cast your vote and the paper tape of your choices is kept if manual counting / review is necessary.

      So, 80 counties in Ohio use optical scan systems. 78 of those use precinct counting only while 2 do not. 8 other counties use electronic touchscreen voting that print the ballot prior to casting so a printed record exists.

      By the way, the Ohio legislature changed the law several years back (prior to 2008) that requires paper ballots if ANY electronic touchscreen voting machine malfunctions in the polling site. Voters at any electronic voting location can opt for a paper ballot rather than using the electronic voting machine and it is NOT treated like a provisional ballot. Finally, in all electronic voting locations if lines are too long paper ballots are to be used.

      Those are all changes in the law that are still in force today.

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