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  •  Oregon's mail voting uses optical scan ballots (13+ / 0-)

    I do temp election work at Multnomah County (Portland) Elections. Oregon is a longtime clean government state, with exceptions of course. In next door Clackamas County a huge scandal was created this week by a temp elections worker tampering with downballot races by filling in unvoted races with R votes. This huge scandal involves 6 ballots so far with others still being investigated (I've heard 100). In my county I can't imagine how anyone could get access to ballots without being watched and/or working as part of a team of 2 workers of different parties. My job is to work in one of these teams determining voter intent on ballots rejected by the counting machines due to damage, stray marks, erasures, overvotes (voting or appearing to vote for more than one person in a race) and similar issues.

    •  the way to figure out those ballots... (1+ / 0-)
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      .... will be with forensic analysis of the ink and the physical impressions on the paper.  Time consuming possibly, but it should return a fairly conclusive result, since it's highly unlikely that the pen used by the suspect will be an exact match for that used by the actual voters.  

      This election was the turning point toward a future with a future.

      by G2geek on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 09:40:58 PM PST

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