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View Diary: How to Repair the Voting System: Sec. Debra Bowen's Answer (302 comments)

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  •  There's one problem with this that I see -- those (0+ / 0-)

    pads you sign at the grocery store don't really read your signature -- you can sign pretty much anything and it will accept it. And while I know that in-person voter fraud is extremely rare, the fact that there's no one verifying that the signatures are at least close would freak out the CT voter fraud crowd.

    •  Is anyone verifying the signatures now? (3+ / 0-)
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      highacidity, CaliSista, BYw

      If they wanted verification, the signature would show up on the screen for the worker to check.

      "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

      by yg17 on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 09:38:01 AM PST

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      •  Not in LA County. I believe the registrar's (0+ / 0-)

        office may do some sort of random checking after the fact but the poll worker has no way of comparing one squiggle against the next. Having said that, I don't think computer screens are the answer. You would still need younger people who would likely be less intimidated by such a system and you would introduce the possibility of electronic glitches. If you were able to get younger people, then the original problem mentioned above would already be solved. LA County has had some success with allowing high school students to serve as poll workers. In the elections I've worked, I've never had a problem with any of the students. They also allow some County workers to spend the day as a poll worker instead of reporting to their normal job site.

        People can already go online to check their registration status but most of the ones with problems don't bother. On Tuesday, the biggest problem I had were people who claimed they didn't receive a vote by mail ballot when the roster indicated they had. Those individuals had to vote provisionally.

        "Someone just turned the lights on in the bar and the sexiest state doesn't look so pretty anymore" CA Treasurer Bill Lockyer on Texas budget mess

        by CaliSista on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 12:52:48 PM PST

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