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Drew J Jones:
That's what I'm hoping -- that doctoring the actual ballots would simply be too big a job.

You don't doctor the ballots. Unless I'm missing something, you can simply swap whole boxes of them with boxes full of the results you want after the election.

The original machine counted ballot shows the results you want. Then when there's a recount, the paper trail also shows the results you want.

I'm not sure how strong paper ballot security is, but the only way to keep it watertight is to have representatives from both parties and at least one indepedent observer watching the boxes all the way from the initial ballot to final count to storage. Storage has to be sealed, vetted for political independence, and secure.

I think you'll find few, if any, of these measures were in place in NH.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2008 at 10:17:40 AM EST
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By the sound of it from Harris, it seems to depend on where you are in New Hampshire.  The state has laws and guidelines, but I think a lot of the decisions are made at the local level, which is deeply troubling, since the public doesn't pay a sufficient amount of attention to state and local politics.  Some of them seem to be secure, while others don't.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Jan 16th, 2008 at 10:25:55 AM EST
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