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General News    H3'ed 10/2/08

Don't Vote Early, Don't Vote Absentee, Don't Vote by Touch Screen

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How to protect your votes from going AWOL


Chicago--The Illinois Ballot Integrity Project offers this advice to voters:

1) Vote on paper, not on a touch-screen.

2) Vote in person, not by mail.

3) Vote on election day, not earlier.

4) Report election abuses! (If you live in Illinois, see the list of hotlines at http://ballot-integrity.org/callin.htm Also, please post a public report at http://ballot-integrity.org/blog )

Ballots cast in this way are less subject to loss, damage, or alteration than ballots that spend more time out of public view.

Touch-screen machines are particularly prone to malfunction. Though they are designed to produce a paper receipt for backup, this safeguard is deficient.

* Receipts rarely get used to check the machine count.

* Most voters do not confirm their receipt.

* Many receipts turn out to be defective.

* A machine's data and receipts can be replaced wholesale once the machine is out of sight.

Protect your votes from going AWOL. Vote in person, and ask for a paper ballot.

[An earlier version of this article appeared in OpEdNews on January 28, 2008.]

 

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