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View Diary: Early voting in South Florida: Already FUBAR! (154 comments)

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  •  I understood what you meant (none)
    But what I was trying to tell you is that it's not possible.

    The way the software is written, in ALL these systems, is that you cannot get a machine/precinct/district total without "Ending The Election."  

    End Election is a menu option.  

    Only after choosing End Election can you print reports of any kind.  

    Once you End Election, you can't cast a vote in that election again.

    Now, apply those facts to these machines which are in use every day for 2 weeks.

    The only "running" count anyone can get on these machines during an open election is the public counter which tells us how many times the voter access card was fed into the card reader.  That count isn't even how many times the "Cast Ballot" button was pushed, but how many times a voter access card went through the reader.

    So, if a voter goes to the machine, inserts the card and increments the counter but gets the wrong ballot, the card is ejected (the counter is not decremented) and a new card is programmed.  The count is not even true to votes cast.

    •  Jeez... (none)
      Okay, I believe you.

      I don't understand how election board officials ever approved something so hokey.  

      You could hold an entire election that way and find out only at the end that none of the votes registered.  That's ridiculous!

      Somebody must have scratched an awful lot of backs.

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