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  •  I should have said (9+ / 0-)

    Counties can and do do their own thing, so some don't use the arrow ballots, as long as they meet Bowen's standards.  I hadn't heard about LA's dot ballot system. - thoughts on energy, the environment, and society.

    by barath on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:51:29 AM PST

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    •  Lived in L.A. County for 14 years ... (7+ / 0-)

      ... I'm now in Yolo County. I really liked L.A.'s way of doing it. In Yolo, we use black magic markers, which work fine if held one way, but tend to leave a larger-than-necessary mark if held the other way. Seems problematic to me. It is not immediately obvious which way to hold the thing for best control, as a result of which my selection for president blacked out the little box next to the name, plus the "B" and the first "a" in the name itself.

      The Los Angeles system ensures that the only marks on the page are in the circles next to your choices, and getting the paper lined up on the frame properly is pretty much fool-proof.


      "The fundamental curse of the Republican party is its irrepressible disposition to meddle with other people's business, and impose its notions, and its will, on people who do not freely accept them." -- The New York Freeman's Journal, 1861

      by dzog on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 09:40:27 AM PST

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      •  Loves me the Inka Dot! (2+ / 0-)
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        Left Coast Resident, CaliSista

        So easy to use. Really foolproof.

        The road to excess leads to the palace of Wisdom, I must not have excessed enough

        by JenS on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 10:39:26 AM PST

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        •  not quite foolproof (5+ / 0-)

          I live in LA County too. In 2000, the chain attaching the stylus to the base in my first booth was way too short to reach Gore. I reported it to the poll workers and they closed that booth. Two other booths were already closed for some reason (maybe the same reason). At my second booth, I really had to pull hard to get it to barely reach Gore. I haven't run into that since, but it did make me realize that even low tech systems aren't completely tamper proof.

        •  Here's a pic of me using it to vote for Pres Obama (0+ / 0-)

          It's so insanely simple. The black dots are clear and unambiguous, no software that can be hacked, no hanging chads. Brilliant.

          Stop the party of Gut & Spend policies that gut our Earned Benefits programs like Social Security and Medicare and spends on tax breaks for the wealthy elite.

          by jillwklausen on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 02:21:50 PM PST

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