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#356116 - 06/11/2012 16:44 Oops
tonyc
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Registered: 27/06/1999
Posts: 7058
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA


Ah well, at least we're not trusting these machines to decide who becomes the next leader of the free world.

I'm so old, I can remember when this sort of thing was the exclusive domain of parody.

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#356117 - 06/11/2012 18:32 Re: Oops [Re: tonyc]
Dignan
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Registered: 08/03/2000
Posts: 12285
Loc: Sterling, VA
You know, my wife overheard someone in the grocery store today complaining that the machine picked Romney when she wanted Obama, and she had to get someone to sort it out. I assumed it was user error, but maybe not frown

The machine at our polling place didn't look like that, though...
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#356118 - 06/11/2012 18:42 Re: Oops [Re: Dignan]
Tim
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Registered: 25/04/2000
Posts: 1507
Loc: Arizona
I wish we just had optical scanners. Send the ballots out, fill in the circles/complete the lines/whatever at home, take those into the voting station, scan them in and get a printed receipt that you can verify your choices while it keeps a printed receipt internal and locked. The potential for voter fraud with the current setup is just nauseating.

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#356122 - 07/11/2012 00:05 Re: Oops [Re: Tim]
gbeer
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Registered: 17/12/2000
Posts: 2665
Loc: Manteca, California
Optical scanners are what is used here.
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#356123 - 07/11/2012 00:09 Re: Oops [Re: tonyc]
gbeer
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Registered: 17/12/2000
Posts: 2665
Loc: Manteca, California
That could easily be a mis calibrated touch screen, as opposed to some nefarious chicanery. Still bad.
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#356124 - 07/11/2012 00:58 Re: Oops [Re: gbeer]
drakino
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Registered: 08/06/1999
Posts: 7868
Loc: Seattle, WA
Originally Posted By: gbeer
That could easily be a mis calibrated touch screen, as opposed to some nefarious chicanery. Still bad.

This is what I think too. The person who recorded it claimed that it would register a proper vote for the third party candidates, though I wonder why he didn't demonstrate this on video.

Odds are any nefarious deeds would be set to flip votes on the backside. Perhaps via a rushed uncertified firmware change ahead of the election.
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#356126 - 07/11/2012 01:46 Re: Oops [Re: gbeer]
tfabris
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Registered: 20/12/1999
Posts: 31424
Loc: Seattle, WA
Originally Posted By: gbeer
That could easily be a mis calibrated touch screen, as opposed to some nefarious chicanery. Still bad.


The user's description of the problem was quite detailed, and made it sound like it was NOT a miscalibrated touchscreen, but rather, the underlying software making it so that only the sliver of white between the buttons was what you had to click to get the Obama selection.
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#356131 - 07/11/2012 11:02 Re: Oops [Re: tfabris]
Dignan
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Registered: 08/03/2000
Posts: 12285
Loc: Sterling, VA
Clearly they didn't do this on enough voting machines.
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#356135 - 07/11/2012 12:27 Re: Oops [Re: Dignan]
hybrid8
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Registered: 12/11/2001
Posts: 7738
Loc: Toronto, CANADA
It was too close nonetheless. Looking at the state-by-state map seems like mostly predictable results.
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