Doug Faunt (n6tqs) wrote,
Doug Faunt

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Unexpected consequences- voting machines

Here in Alameda County, we've kept one touchscreen voting machine, for the disabled, at each polling station.
It's often not used at all, especially since ballots can easily be filled out at home, with a trusted helper, or whatever technical means the user has.

But it means that if one voter comes in and needs to use that machine, if that was the only voter on the machine, then their vote is no longer secret when the summary for the machine is printed at the end of the day. So, if one person uses the machine, the Secretary of State has asked the poll workers to try to recruit 4 more voters to use that machine. The suggestion is that the poll workers vote on the machine at the end of the day, but many of us are working in a precinct other then our own....

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