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Thread #75217   Message #1327779
Posted By: Genie
15-Nov-04 - 05:39 PM
Thread Name: BS: Help! The computer ate OH & FL votes!
Subject: RE: BS: Help! The computer ate OH & FL votes!
Larry K, what most of are asking for is just that:


That means:
1. Don't blindly trust the "count" done by a machine with proprietary software, or votes counted behind closed doors by partisans (e.g., in Warren County, OH).
Nobody is suggesting we use exit polls -- despite their long history of great accuracy -- to determine the outcome. But when observable methodolody yields results highly discrepant from an unverified "outcome," it's time for verification of the count.

2. Every eligible voter should be allowed, to the extent possible, equal access to the ballot box.
   That means you don't have a lot more voting machines per capita in one district than in others. That means no one's registration is deemed invalid based on trivial technicalities (e.g., failure to check a box that does not add any informatin beyond what's already beedn given. That means you don't disenfranchise 10 legal voters just so you can maybe prevent one ex-felon from voting. That means you must have enough provisiona ballots available to meet the needs of the precinct. That means you don't make phone calls and send out literature falsely threatening citizens with various sorts of legal problems if they dare to try to vote. And that means that low-income counties shouldn't get less reliable machines than wealthier counties.

Who the heck knows who won this election? The process was so frought with error, fraud, intimidation, and just plain untestable results that it's crazy to be analyzing the policy reasons why one candidate or another "won."