Saturday, January 12, 2008

New Hampshire announces hand recount of all primary votes

This would good news if I had faith in my fellow citizens - which I don't (I think we'll already fail at 1a below). 

Clinton and Obama came away with the same amount of delegates, which hopefully takes away some of the "sour grapes" argument (and also since Obama didn't even have anything to do with the recount request), but this is just a first step.  Regardless of the outcome, I expect the major story would be that we are currently not remotely sure that a vote cast is a vote counted, and we should be.

Next on the list now that this is underway:

1) Hand recount and compare with Diebold scanning machines - by a DIFFERENT entity than handled it the first time.
1a) If they match, note that this is an acceptable part of the process and should not be frowned upon if future instances point toward a mismatch.
1b) If they don't match, do a THOROUGH analysis of why and FIX the problems.

2) Either way, evaluate the numerous "Diebolds can be hacked" claims and FIX those too.

3) Provide the voter with a RECEIPT that can be matched to the vote, but not in a way that would allow a buyer to "purchase" voters' votes (say, for $10 each) by simply demanding to see the receipts after voting.

4) Protect against exclusion of minorities/caging.

5) Don't switch to touchscreen voting UNTIL they have proven verifiable and reliable (this part New Hampshire did right).

6) Put results ONLINE in a PRECINT-BY-PRECINCT method so that voters can validate their portion of the totals.  Government should be doing everything possible to empower its citizens in doing their civic duty.

Anything I'm missing?  I can't believe this is still an issue (catching the caging, maybe, but none of the actual counting of votes part).

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