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lever voting v electronic voting

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  • Voting with pencil and paper is fine. COUNTING them that way, as a matter of routine course, is retarded. Manual counting is best only for recounts or when there's some question about the results.

    November 7, 2008

  • c_b: It was mostly because I hadn't heard any accounts of that happening recently, I was wondering if it was still a problem. It isn't.

    (Bigger problem is that the machines do still break, and sometimes that lever is hard to pull!)

    November 7, 2008

  • I agree, it's more tangible and satisfying.

    November 6, 2008

  • Pencil and paper really is the only way to vote.

    November 6, 2008

  • Oh, sorry Lampbane... I knew that, I should've said so. I was being hyperbolic... If I knew you would go looking it up I would've explained more... *wrings hands*

    November 6, 2008

  • I was searching for accounts of toothpicks being used to rig lever machines, and discovered that was more of a problem in the early 20th Century. The machines being used now date from the 1960's.

    (We were supposed to switch to a touch-screen system in NYS some time ago, but it looks unlikely any time soon.)

    November 6, 2008

  • ecbrenner, we use the same method up here in Caribou, Maine.

    November 5, 2008

  • ecbrenner, except for the optical scanner machine that reads the ballots, your method is exactly the same as mine. So I don't think it's all that outdated. :)

    Also, I think most polling places use a certain kind of black marker rather than #2 pencils nowadays. But I remember back in elementary school the teacher coming around to look at each of our pencils before a standardized test (one of the hundreds).

    November 5, 2008

  • I've never voted using a pen/pencil and paper, except when I was in college and completed an absentee ballot. Hmm....

    *recalling the old voting machine thunk*

    November 5, 2008

  • Just make sure you use #2 pencils, ecbrenner.

    November 5, 2008

  • OK, we must be the most outdated... We use black markers to fill in circles, just like those tests we took in school with the #2 pencils. Then the form goes into the ballot box, which tracks the number of ballots for all to see. (I was # 597 in my precinct today.)

    November 5, 2008

  • Come to the NT frin, there are typically only about 6 Senate candidates :-) But I remember voting in Melbourne and, yeah, getting up into the 40's below the line. You're right about those obnoxious little parties ... the Blind Weightlifters Against Having Fun Alliance and all that. From where do they suddenly spring come election time?

    November 5, 2008

  • But bilby, don't you just love standing there in a flimsy cardboard booth with a blunt pencil filling in every last box below the line on the senate voting form with a number and then double-checking to make sure you haven't used a number twice or something, just to ensure that the most obnoxious of those little parties are right down the bottom of the count? (Yeah, I need to get a life.)

    Meanwhile I think fondly of the Australian ballot, the benefits of which our friends across the Pacific have been enjoying today.

    November 5, 2008

  • I don't really get it. We can design technology that can record a video through a handheld phone and send it instantaneously of the world, for example, and other wondrous things, yet we can't design a tamper-proof machine to record a 1-2-3 ballot? If you fancy luddite, chomp on this choice offering from the Australian Electoral Commission:

    "The introduction of internet or computerised voting is not a feasible proposition at this time, as a number of security, technical, financial, access and equity issues have to be solved before it could become a fact of electoral life.

    There is no appropriate software technology for use in a full preferential voting system. Many voters, especially the elderly and those with poor literacy and numeracy skills may have difficulty with using ... " BLAH BLAH BLAH, it goes on and on, excuse after excuse tripping down the page.

    That to me suggests there is no serious will or attempt to move us on from the Middle Ages. And as much as I like horses wearing balaclavas ...

    P.S. We never even made it to levers *sob*

    November 5, 2008

  • The levers are the most satisfying, but I also like the kind we used to have where you colored in an arrow.

    November 5, 2008

  • There were a couple people in Chesapeake VA who had drops of water from rain on their ballots. They waited for the papers to dry, the machines counted them, and all was well. At least from the reports I've seen. That to me is not a significant voter issue. (It's a significant common sense issue though-- "don't put wet paper into a machine." Would you do that to a copier or printer? Sheesh.)

    I have, however, voted on those mechanical lever machines, and it is definitely a most satisfying clunk. :) Aaaah.

    November 5, 2008

  • reesetee- I like what you (jokingly?) said about the way the old lever machines FELT. Actually, here (Philadelphia) we had gentle push buttons, and I longed for something more substantial, something that felt like "Ok, that was it. Wow". A creaking or banging would have helped.

    November 5, 2008

  • Yes, I did too, in a NYT article. No method will ever be perfect as long as human beings are involved. But I remain hopeful. :-)

    November 5, 2008

  • I've heard reports of optical scans being messed up by wet ballots.

    November 5, 2008

  • Hard to say. My area uses the pushbutton direct recording type. They make me feel a little edgy, in part because they look like they come out of enormous suitcases. Then again, the old lever machines felt good and hefty, but still....

    November 5, 2008

  • Not me. Not after the stories of people shoving a toothpick in the back end to keep those levers from upping the vote count. I'm optical-scan-paper chick, all the way.

    November 5, 2008

  • I might be a luddite, but at least with a lever machine, I feel like my vote is secure.

    November 5, 2008