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October 29, 2008

Poll Dance

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — t4toby @ 9:20 am

As I was walking into work this morning I saw a headline alluding to, “Another mess at the polls.”


We are supposed to be a democracy. The right to vote is supposed to be our singular right as citizens. But all I hear about is voter fraud, voter suppression, voting difficulties, blah, blah, blah.

This isn’t rocket science. We have the census info. We have the technology. We have the ability to make the voting system simple and efficient. But we lack the will.

Why do we lack the will to spend the time and money to homogenize and streamline our voting system? As you probably know I tend toward the fantastic, so I think it must have something to do with the fact that the powers that be do not want a simple and efficient system of voting. They don’t want transparency and effectiveness. Because then they cannot game the system. Cannot bend the ‘democratic ‘process to their will. And that would be bad for business.

So here’s what I propose. We have a computer that you vote on, like our touch-screen systems. You vote and are given a receipt, which is also a ballot. You check that ballot over to make sure it reflects what you voted on the touch-screen, sign it, and drop it into a ballot box. Then one party is responsible for counting the physical ballots, and one party is responsible for the electronic tally.

As far as absentee ballots go, maybe the ballot will have a carbon-copy sort of system and two return envelopes. You send one to one party and one to the other.

So in the end, you have a redundant system that allows for cross checking of numbers. If the two tallies don’t match up, there is a problem. Simple as that.

This would cost a significant amount of money. But compared to Iraq? Or the $700b of Corporate Welfare? I don’t think it would even come close to being that expensive. And we could restore faith in a voting process that is being viewed with suspicion by more and more citizens.