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View Diary: Voting-machines tested, report up on CALIF Secy of State website (136 comments)

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  •  On an e-vote system, the paper (none)
    is used for a random sample or random precinct count to verify the machine's accuracy.  It's not typically used to count out all the ballots and determine the election, unless a recount is demanded.

    So in many e-machine precincts, the paper "trail" on a roll of paper is a placebo reassurance for voters, and not much more, since it may not be looked at again.

    That's why I prefer optical-scan, where the paper is what is counted, and it can be counted again in a recount too.  Nothing is lost or ignored.  Paper, not vapor.

    Paper ballots (legal status) are far, far better than just a paper trail.

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