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  •  re: optical scan (1+ / 0-)
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    Among the in person voting systems, I believe optical scan is probably the best and most efficient because there is a real paper trail of real ballot individually filled out.  That said, the system is not fool proof.

    I strongly recommend everyone here take the time to watch Hacking Democracy  which reveals a weakness in that system too.

    The problem is that the tabulation programs can be hacked to produce a pre-determined result without anyone being able to detect it.  Near the end of the film, my own Supervisor of Elections contacted BlackBox Voting to conduct a demonstration on how this can happen.  

    "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

    by gulfgal98 on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 10:49:05 AM PST

    •  hack yeah (0+ / 0-)

      1 or 2 lines of computer code can transform the results of any tabulation to anything you want. For example,
      DEM = DEM -.1
      REP = REP +.1
      steals 10% of the votes from one candidate and gives it to the other. Couldn't be simpler.

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