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All five voting systems used in Ohio, a state whose electoral votes narrowly swung two elections toward President Bush, have critical flaws that could undermine the integrity of the 2008 general election, a report commissioned by the state’s top elections official has found, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

Hand Count Recommendations from the Private Sector

Election officials are too close to the election systems companies to be totally objective.  I would like independent research in the area of vote counting to develop best practices.

The process of hand-counting paper ballots tallied at each precinct on election night allows for the utmost public scrutiny.

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Involving more people in the election process is a good thing.

It's hard to get people to work the polls now because they are
distanced from the actual vote counting and don't trust the machines. Actually counting the votes by hand would add excitement and suspense to the process.

Election Day should be a national holiday.

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All citizens over 18 should automatically be registered to vote.

Results should be posted at the precinct until the election results are certified.

Absentee voting should be discouraged for many reasons;
-----vote selling
-----custody of ballot issues
-----may need postage, get lost, or be mishandled in the post office
-----counted on optiscan machines which run on hackable software
-----programming errors on optiscan machines leading to miscounted votes
-----minor mistakes filling out the ballot may invalidate it
-----no transparency
-----ballot changes not easily made because absentee ballots need to be printed so early

Hand-counted paper ballots are cheap;
---no maintenance costs
---no machines to buy
---needs no electricity
---needs no battery backup
---needs no programming
---needs no software upgrades
---no screen freeze
---no vote jumping
---no climate controlled storage room costs
---do not break
---no sabotage risk---fewer troubleshooters needed at the board of elections to handle election problems
---easy to move around
---transport costs are low / no special vans or trucks are needed to haul them around
---easy to lock up
---large number of voters can vote simultaneously eliminating long waits in lines
---requires more poll workers, creating more jobs for the unemployed
---involves more people in the political process
---media can televise actual vote counting for entertainment
---private election systems companies only design and print paper ballots
---recounts require no voting machine company employee input
---no background checks needed for technicians on election day
---no printer failures
---no paper jams
---no paper printout paper deficiencies
---no printer paper needed

"Elections belong to the people," said Abraham Lincoln.  Private, for-profit corporations have no place in public elections.

Rady Ananda contributed to this article.

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In 2004, Rady Ananda joined the growing community of citizen journalists. Initially focused on elections, she investigated the 2004 Ohio election, organizing, training and leading several forays into counties to photograph the 2004 ballots. She officially served at three recounts, including the 2004 recount. She also organized and led the team that audited Franklin County Ohio's 2006 election, proving the number of voter signatures did not match official results. Her work appears in three books.

Her blogs also address religious, gender, sexual and racial equality, as well as environmental issues; and are sprinkled with book and film reviews on various topics. She spent most of her working life as a researcher or investigator for private lawyers, and five years as an editor.

She graduated from The Ohio State University's School of Agriculture in December 2003 with a B.S. in Natural Resources.

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