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    We primitives in Canada use paper ballots, that people mark with an "X", and they get counted by hand with scrutineers from all interested (and well-staffed) candidates looking on to make sure their candidate didn't get s****ed out of a vote. Non-X's are OK as long as the intent is clear. We keep the ballot boxes, sealed after the count. If it's close, and somebody asks. a judge gets to open the box(es) and look at each ballot to see if the intent really was clear (and whether the initial counters really could). It's dark ages, but less subject to abuse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hsk
    We primitives in Canada use paper ballots, that people mark with an "X", and they get counted by hand with scrutineers from all interested (and well-staffed) candidates looking on to make sure their candidate didn't get s****ed out of a vote. Non-X's are OK as long as the intent is clear. We keep the ballot boxes, sealed after the count. If it's close, and somebody asks. a judge gets to open the box(es) and look at each ballot to see if the intent really was clear (and whether the initial counters really could). It's dark ages, but less subject to abuse.
    I wish we adopt the same system, but require that voters then drip their finger in an ink well on the way out. (Multiple voting is how they get 110% turnout in Phildelphia and Wisconsin.) It worked in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    No more "last minute" registrations. Absolutely minimize absentee ballots.

    And if it takes two days to count the ballots, SO WHAT? We've turned elections into a here and now sport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1911sforever
    And if it takes two days to count the ballots, SO WHAT?
    Naw, you just have to have a lot of polls - say 5000 voters per poll max. You can count them within 2 hrs. I guess that's why it costs $279 million for a federal election with our measly population. Cost of democracy. If the US adopted this system you might have to cut back on the odd war here and there to pay for it.
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    Of course, we could save money too by buying crappy old submarines from the Brits that catch on fire and kill our sailors...
    Last edited by 1911sforever; 06/04/2005 at 01:54 AM.
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    Well since it's the American taxpayer that really pays to defend the North American continent, our hoser friends can continue to shop antique sales for their military hardware
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1911sforever
    Of course, we could save money too by buying crappy old submarines from the Brits that catch on fire and kill our sailors...
    Yeah, that was tragic. Shows that sometimes it's better to have no equipment than crappy equipment .
    Wonder if history would have been different if some places had to rely on pencil and paper in Nov 2000...
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