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

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  •  It may be harder if the margin is great, (none)
    like you say.

    But there are many fewer obstacles to recounting when you use op-scan.  The paper already has usable "ballot" status, which counts for much more (legally) than does a receipt or a "paper-trail" status.  With optical scan ballots, there's simply no reason not to look at them, if there's a clamor or a legal challenge.

    In California, a new law — which the Secretary of State opposed but Schwarzenegger signed last month anyway — now gives the paper record a legal ballot status (like an alternate or redundant ballot record).  However, because of the logistical difficulty in accumulating counts from the flimsy roll of records, it will not be reviewed in 99% of precincts unless there is a compelling legal reason.  A challenge.

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