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January 27, 2006
Count The (Actual) Vote

I may do a bit of ranting and raving from time to time, but I'm not really a conspiracy theorist. (Mostly, I just like to hear myself talk.)

On the other hand, I think there are things that smell really bad about our election processes and I think those worried about the honesty of the system should start to mobilize for the elections later this year, and those in '08.

In my mind, it's less about system-wide fraud (at least, so far) than it is about the sanctity of the right to vote in individual locations, the unreliability of electronic machines, and the potential for large-scale manipulation offered by paperless balloting.

I know we're a society of instant gratification and the media wants to be able to announce the results of elections twenty seconds after the polls close, but I'm tired of the media's wants driving our country's processes.

None of us will be harmed by waiting a day, or even several days, to find out what person or issue won some particular vote and an honest count of actual votes is better for all of us.

I've come around to Avedon Carol's way of thinking. I want a 100% paper ballot trail every November.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:01 AM