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Thread #27523 Message #339139
Posted By: Uncle_DaveO
12-Nov-00 - 10:00 AM
Thread Name: BS: A Day of Absence for Democracy
Subject: RE: A DAY OF ABSENCE FOR DEMOCRACY
Guest Bob S said:
"The "counter" can look at a ballot, see no mark for any candadate and say "This person was confused; one for candidate A"."
Not so. Under the current situation, there's A LOT of people looking over shoulders, and the process has to go on objective criteria.
Now, there is a problem of interpretation that came to my attention this morning: "What about pregnant chads?"
A chad, you need to be advised, is the little piece of paper punched out of the vote-hole. What if it's only partially detached? What if it's only been pushed by the stylus and dented (pregnant chad)? These might be matters of opinion, but if (as I assume there are) there are rules set up in advance on how to treat such instances, it's objective.