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Testing machines, replacing machines, paper trails...We've
discovered a series of broken pieces, but no one proposes a
holistic solution.
Computers, paper, people will fail. We must
revamp election laws to be on par with technology to recognize election
anomalies and statistically improbable results. Until we fix our election
laws to protect us from machine and human error, and HUMAN
INTERPRETATION of election results our election process will
continue to be broken. The courts should not decide the people's
choice. In 2006, it was the failure of Florida's election laws that
permitted an election with statistically improbable results to stand
(18,000 undervotes). Our 2000 debacle with the pregnant chads
resulted from failure to maintain the voting equipment properly.
However it was the failure of Florida's election laws that permitted the
chaos that followed. Had Florida's election laws caught up with
technology, both elections would have been an automatic re-do.

Moreover, if we are to secure one voter, one vote ... every-time
integrity in our election process, we must implement high-bar
guidelines for voting machine providers and elections officials to
uphold. What would the profit-conscious business world do? We must
be more business wise. We need tighter, better, wiser controls.
USA
Today.
Election reform, yes. Paper ballot, yes. But until we fix our election laws to be
on par with technology,
to protect us from machine and human error, and HUMAN
INTERPRETATION of election results our election process will continue to be broken.
The courts should not decide the people's choice....
Time CNN Blog Swampland.
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Time for another do-over. But this time, let's do it right... What would private
business do?
What if we weren't spending tax dollars? Let's make sure we know what our
requirements are before rushing out to buy another fix...
Aftermathnews.wordpress.com.
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ES&S Optical Scanners. It's another sad day for Florida. Not only have we rushed
to a solution without defining the problem, but we're going with the same vendor! Yes,
ES&S is about to win another election. But apparently the real goal of attaining a clean
election that ensures one voter, one vote every time will not be part of this
solution...Continued.
Goleft.tv.
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The jury is still out on Sarasota's missing 18,000 votes. But paper will not ensure
voting integrity. Since ballot scanners independently count (or don't count) ballots they are
just as suspect as the touch screens. Only not as visibly so. Moreover, one technological
glitch and we still wind up with court-decided elections...
Continued. Appletreeblog.com.
Viewing proprietary software may not provide any answers at all. If, and that's a
very big IF voting machines were tampered with, any deviant code is long gone. Moreover
testing the machines after the fact might not be productive unless all conditions match those
encountered on Election Day, including internal system dates, quantities and individual
ballot voting patterns...
The Seminal.
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Dan Rather's report is compelling & long overdue. But it's not just the hardware
or paper trail.
If we are to secure one voter, one vote... every-time, our government agencies
must become more business savvy. St. Louis political blog,
PubDef.Net.
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Florida. The problem of the hanging chad wasn't the voters. It was with the lax
maintenance of election equipment [and defective punchcards] that prevented the chads from
being poked out cleanly....
www.dvorak.org.
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Is Manilla to blame? [Dan Rather's Report] Although there's plenty of blame to spread
around, I don't believe it sticks on poor Manilla for trying to comply with cheaper-faster
production. Top down, not bottom up...
Maine Democrats.
If we are to achieve one voter, one vote... every time, we must go back to basics.
Apply sound business practices to ensure the voting systems we purchase fully meet our needs for
election integrity. And ensure those machines work... all of them. Not just a sampling. We're
caught in a tailspin of bottom-up catch and fix of serious flaws that should have been addressed
prior to purchase. Moreover, until we also fix our laws to be on par with technology, to protect us
from machine and human error, and human interpretation of election results our election process
will continue to be broken...
IPS News.
We should be more business wise. If our vendors and elections officials had spent the
time upfront following good-business practices, we wouldn't be facing another questionable
election. The problem isn't that our voting machines are flawed. The real problem is that they
didn't find the failures before they were purchased. We're not picking out speak-and-spell toys
here. We're running a country.
 

And it's not just the paper. If we are to secure one voter, one vote...every-time integrity in our
election process, we must....
Community.chhi.com, www.meridianstar.com.
We're jogging across quicksand in lead hip-boots. Until we look at the big picture, our
elections will continue to be broken. We need tighter, better, wiser controls...Continued. Reddit.
Holding makers of electronic registration and voting equipment more
accountable does not ensure a good election
... especially if we find their system flaws
after the voting takes place...
Blog Cleveland.
Our voices, our votes are indeed at the heart of democracy. At the same time, I
believe wholeheartedly in the advantages of computerized election systems (and banking systems
and business systems and etc.) It's not the computers that run us amok. It's the absence of good
business practices that allow, even invite poor quality, lack of security, and yes corruption.

Forums.chron.com.
Voting system requirements should be technology-neutral. However, our election
laws should not...Computers, paper, people will fail. Election laws must recognize technological
voting anomalies...
www.FCW.com
Remember, "It's the economy, stupid?" It's NOT the paper! Paper offers the means
to recount. Period. Sadly, even a papertrail will not ensure one-voter-one-vote-every-time with the
new state-of-the-art independent, stand-alone vote counting machines. Optical ballot scanners are
just as suspect as touch screens....
CrooksAndLiars.
Ballot Scanners cannot secure one voter, one vote foolproof/geekproof elections.
Ballot scanners are still stand-alone independent vote counting machines. The will break. They
will hiccup. And they will miscount, miscalculate and misplace votes. For sure paper provides
recount capabilities, but until our laws recognize and enforce recounts and/or do-overs in all
situations where technology produces statistically infallible results, election officials and the
courts can still decide the people's choice.
Riskman.typepad
Time to stop flitting from fix to fix. Past time to get it right... Implement high-bar
guidelines for voting machine providers and elections officials. Moreover, we must realign election
laws to fit today's technology, to protect us from machine and human error and HUMAN
INTERPRETATION of election results. Otherwise that silent coup marching across the country in
BALLOTS OF STRAW's fictitious voting machines just might become reality.
www.rationalreview.com.
We can fix the machines but until our election laws catch up with technology,
our election processes will continue to be broken.
Touch screens, ballot scanners, voting
machines...Computers, paper, people will fail. We must revamp election laws to recognize
technological anomalies and statistically improbable results....The latest on the
Holt Election
Reform Bill...Restrict DRE Touch Screen. BradBlog.com
Holt's bill in its strongest form did not look at our voting process in its entirety,
top down and bottom up.
Hit-and-miss fixes generally work about as well as plugging a hole
in a sieve. It's the entire process---the computers, systems, people, paper and... the laws....
Continued. John Edwards.
Ohio has called in the experts, while Florida hunkers down in the swamp with
the alligators
snapping at our heels. Florida's rush to purchase another round of ES&S voting
machines demonstrates our lack of good business practices...
Computerworld.com.
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