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  •  How are absentee ballots counted? (none)
    By hand or by machine?

    If scanned, are they scanned by a machine/company similar to Diebold - one with a "shady" past? There is apparently a Diebold "sister company" being considered for counting absentee ballots in California.

    Are ballots counted in a secure, public setting with citizen oversight? Or by a contractor's employee who manages the machine and the count (as in Ohio)?

    Just asking. I vote absentee, too, but don't have the answers to these questions yet.

    The age of purely representative democracy is surely over. It is time the people had their say. - www.monbiot.com

    by fhcec on Sun Oct 02, 2005 at 11:49:45 PM PDT

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    •  The counting-- (none)
      Today nearly ALL ballots are counted by electronic tabulation systems on computers at the County level.

      Paper ballots, absentees, provisionals, Optically scanned ballots...all counted digitally.

      As I stress repeatedly -- It's the COUNTING not the CASTING that contains the biggest invitations to malicious tampering.

      It's wide open and designed in a way that makes vote tampering easy, fast and extremely effective.
      I think I have shamelessly plugged my website on this topic enough for one thread (!) but I do so only to get the word out about this vital issue.  So scroll up and you'll see the link there if you'd like to learn more about how your vote is counted.

      I'd recommend the chapter on Tecnology to start.

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