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[2]: Howard Fosdick nailed it
by phoenix on Fri 9th Nov 2012 21:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Howard Fosdick nailed it"
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Federal elections in Canada on done on paper ballots, counted by hand. And no results are shown anywhere until the last polling station has closed. All the ballots, ballot boxes, signage, etc are identical across the country (except the names on the ballots, obviously). And it's all run by a federal department (Elections Canada).

Provincial elections (at least in BC) are also done on paper ballots, counted by hand. And no results are shown anywhere until the last polling station is closed. All the ballots, ballot boxes, signage, etc are identical across the province (except the names on the ballots, obviously). And, it's all run by a provincial department.

Municipal elections (at least in Kamloops, BC) are also done on paper ballots. However, these are bubble sheets, and they are run through an electronic counting device to tabulate the results. This work well, as there is a paper trail (the bubble sheets) that can be verified by hand if need be. All the ballots, ballot boxes, signage, etc is identical across the city (including the names on the ballot). And it's all run by a municipal department.

I'll never understand how a FEDERAL election can be managed by STATE officials, without ANY cross-country standards. Nor how STATE elections can be managed by COUNTY officials, without any cross-state standards. Etc. It absolutely boggles the mind!

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