Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 8th Nov 2012 20:12 UTC
Editorial In the United States, state and local authorities are in charge of voting and the country uses more than a half dozen different voting technologies. As a result, the country can't guarantee that it accurately counts national votes in a timely fashion. This article discusses the problem and potential solutions to the U.S. voting dilemma.
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RE: in australia
by gld59 on Fri 9th Nov 2012 07:51 UTC in reply to "in australia"
gld59
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2012-11-09

It can take more than five minutes if you number every square below the line on the paper for the upper house. (Ok - who just said I'm a cranky old git?)

I know this is not strictly relevant to a comparison with one type of US election, but some informal (invalid) votes in Australian elections would be due to slight differences between federal, state and local elections (mainly differences in how many candidates must be numbered on the voting paper).

However the basic "structure" is almost identical even between the different types of election, voter numbers (and the required infrastructure) are predictable and consistent, results are known quickly, and once any recounts are complete, the results are accepted (in an electoral if not political sense).

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RE[2]: in australia
by tanzam75 on Fri 9th Nov 2012 16:49 in reply to "RE: in australia"
tanzam75 Member since:
2011-05-19

It is very simple -- but that's because Australian elections are simple.

American elections are complex, and therefore American election technology is also complex.

Just as an example, the ballot for district 1 in King County, Washington has 32 separate questions on the ballot, with a total of 65 candidates/options, plus the option to write-in a candidate as a protest.

Here, have a look at the ballot (PDF): http://your.kingcounty.gov/elections/2012nov-general/docs/leg1sampl...

Edited 2012-11-09 17:05 UTC

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