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  •  Hand-Count the Vote, Everyone, Everywhere! (2+ / 0-)
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    Dave in Northridge, Simplify

    I support hand-counting only because I've seen how well it works. It took 20 people, working in ten teams of two, 5 hours to count 2250 ballots with 14 races and 3 questions. Then one more hour of tracking down every last under-vote, write-in, etc. to be absolutely sure that all are recorded, and the tally as a whole is completely justified. I would do it for free as part of my civic duty, although it turns out we get paid for the time spent. So we spent about $800-$1000 on that. How much did cities spend on their software, programmers, and machines? Were they as dead-on accurate as we were? imho, I think not.

    •  Doesn't scale up well, does it? (0+ / 0-)

      If 20 people can scan 2250 ballots in a reasonable amount of time, how many people do you need to scan the 120 million+ ballots that were cast on Tuesday? Just over a million, by my count.

      Intended to be a factual statement.

      by ipsos on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 02:18:33 PM PST

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