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Black Box Voting Blog-O-Lection 7/21: Burglars at the window

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(CA) 7/09 - LOS ANGELES: WUPS! WHAT'S THIS AUTOMATED BALLOT REMAKE SYSTEM? -

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If anyone has more information on this, shoot it over to Black Box Voting. According to a press release from Los AngelesCounty, "New tools helped to automate the remake of provisional ballots during the election canvass period. . . The system was developed in-house by Department Technical Services' staff using available commercial off-the-shelf hardware. "

"Ballot remake" is a process whereby ballots that someone deems unreadable by a voting machine are "remade" or duplicated. I've got several concerns with this process, such as:

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(1) record keeping - both Contra Costa County (CA) and Minnesota had questions raised in terms of accounting for the remakes, and in the close Frankel/Coleman race in Minnesota, some of these remakes appear to have been counted twice.

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Bev Harris is executive director of Black Box Voting, Inc. an advocacy group committed to restoring citizen oversight to elections.

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