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    I haven't addressed these issues.  The main response has to be it depends.  

    Each county decides how it will handle voting methodology.  Snohomish is fairly strongly committed to touch-screen, though I don't know about how they do (or don't do) paper trails.  I don't think any of the others do much touch-screen.  In Seattle, I've used fill-the-circle optical scan, and perhaps complete-the-arrow as well.

    Washington strongly encourages absentee/mail-in balloting.  In King County, something like 60% of all voters did it that way.  Again, that was done using fill-the-circle opscan.

    County election bureaus do the counting and tabulating.  The process is open to the public.

    The state also has regulations that are conducive to accepting provisional ballots as valid, including the opportunity to correct problems on the outer envelopes (missing signatures, questionable addresses, etc.) before the envelopes are opened.  When King County tried to deny the Democrats access to the list of potentially-invalid provisionals on Friday, a judge quickly ruled against the county -- other counties had already given such lists to both parties, as the law permits -- and the county just as quickly complied.  Much scrambling and hard work by volunteers over the weekend produced several hundred now-valid provisionals.

    Bottom line -- I may have rose-colored glasses on, but I think there's much, much, much less likelihood of intentional fraud here than in, say, Florida or Ohio.  That's due to both more enlightened regulations and less benighted schemers.

    You're only young once, but you can be immature forever -- Larry Andersen

    by N in Seattle on Wed Nov 17, 2004 at 03:18:24 AM PST

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