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  •  Aggregate count? (none)
    I'm not sure that all that is retained is an aggregate count (at least within the memory of the touchscreen units--maybe in the election management software that does central counts)... the Diebold equipment here in San Diego County for example is supposed to be able to print "an image of each ballot cast" (and that's what many HAVA implementation plans call for with touchscreens), so it would seem there is an electronic recording of summary screen images or something similar.  Besides, in the Diebold proposal here, they point out that there is printing capability on board and at such time as a "voter receipt" (sic) is required, they can make that happen with a software change.  At no extra charge.  

    Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that would be one step toward obtaining it. --Henry David Thoreau

    by pam on Sun Feb 15, 2004 at 01:06:46 AM PST

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    •  maybe that was a bad explanation... (none)
      all that is retained is an aggregate count

      I'm not saying that aggregate count is the only thing that gets stored, but that (for the same reasons that the aggregate count is unreliable) the distinction between individual "ballots" and aggregate results isn't meaningful.  once you vote, your "ballot" becomes literally and entirely a matter of interpretation of ones and zeros, by software which in turn can do whatever it wants with those numbers.

      •  Ah. (none)
        Gotcha.  Agreed.

        Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that would be one step toward obtaining it. --Henry David Thoreau

        by pam on Sun Feb 15, 2004 at 08:41:49 PM PST

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