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  •  The one obstacle (4.00)
    ...is, given the obvious corruption of certain election officials, how do you ensure that the hand counted predcincts were determined randomly.  I want to see it determined by a little machine with balls in it like they do for lotteries.

    Otherwise, how do we know that election officials don't deliberately keep 10% of precincts clean, then "randomly" select precincts from that subset to be hand counted?

    I saw hand-count them all.  Canada tabulates a national election by hand in about 4 hours, and the expense of doing do each year would be equal to, I'm guessing, what we spend in Iraq every day.

    •  Specify a procedure (4.00)
      I have to agree with your (and one other poster's) concern that the ballots used for sampling won't be chosen randomly. To solve this, you need to specify a specific procedure for the random choice, much as is done for existing state lotteries.
    •  In most precints that's less of a worry (4.00)
      Since by law there have to be two election judges, one from each party.  Theoretically that should keep things like random sampling from being manipulated

      Knowledge is power Power Corrupts Study Hard Be Evil

      by Magorn on Thu Dec 15, 2005 at 11:46:27 AM PST

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