Post Number: 5529
Best of Black Box?
|Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2006 - 4:45 am: |
One more comment: Regarding Kurt's answer that this all boils down to trusting the election officials and those they consort with:
Let's accompany that statement, which is basically true, with the next statement: Elections didn't used to be based solely on trusting elections officials, and they cannot be based on trusting elections officials any more than the safety of the bank vault can be based on trusting the night watchman.
When we had hand counted paper ballots, the nature of the checks and balances made it very difficult (not impossible, but difficult) for an insider to tamper. With computerized voting and insider owns the election, should he choose to.
That's a not-so-subtle change that elections officials don't want to talk about. When you had commercially printed, serial-numbered ballots, all of which had to be accounted for, and you had strong chain of ballot custody, plus public hand counting at the polling place BEFORE the voted ballots were transported back to headquarters, and the poll workers also accounted for every ballot by serial number, it was darn hard for even an insider to game the system.
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