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    is physical evidence of fraud on a grand scale.

    Personally, I have no problem with computer voting nor with voting machines connected remotely.

    Proprietary Secret software is ridiculous,  but the 2 main problems seem to be with tabulation vunerability (to error and fraud) and the loss of data in individual machines.  Evidence of both these problems can be generated (and the problems fixed) by producing a paper trail.

    I envision a system where we vote on a machine that sends the votes to 2 tabulation centers, a county computer and a state computer (tabulation difference between the 2 systems would be red flag of error) and prints out a receipt on card stock (ink a vote style) that gets perused by the voter and then  collected sent to the country as normal.  Those cards can be counted (and matched against precint reports) as a checksum for error.  But the votes on those cards won't normally be counted unless there is suspicion of error or fraud in the electronic system.  

    So a paper trail can be used to ID problems with local machines (if you get 100 cards from a precint, but 50 (or 150) votes electronically, you've got a problem) and possibly as a deterrent against tabulation fraud )since the votes recorded on the cards could give a very different count and expose the manipulation.

    When all else fails...panic

    by David in Burbank on Tue Jun 21, 2005 at 10:44:07 AM PDT

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