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Hey, here's an article on some Berks County local politics at HuffPost you may have missed.

Good luck with your 'Coalition for Voting Integrity' events.
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The City of Toronto has a fabulous voting system. The ballots are Optical Card Reader cards. Once you've marked your ballot, you bring it in a paper sleeve to the vote counters. They run it through a card reader, face down, so that they can't see it. If there's any problem with the card and the reader doesn't get a clear result, that card is destroyed and you get another card to mark. When your vote is clearly read in, you know it's been counted properly. The totals are electronic and are sent to a central office as soon as the poll closes or all the voters for that poll have voted. The polls are fairly small -- a city block or two -- so that each polling station covers several polls. It works like a charm, as long as you trust the gov't. not to alter the results, and very quickly. There is no delay to count votes and no argument about what a vote means. For some reason our federal elections are still done the old-fashioned way.

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In point of fact, Monado, it's the person who counts the vote, not the one who casts it that has the power (which you probably know). That's why the machines worry me and I'm hoping that they don't spread. The governments of various countries are given a lot of power and our vote is still very, very important in keeping the stakes raised on the political poker table. Why I think this is should be straightforward, so I'll skip the explanation.

Are these machines accountable? I mean, are the white-papers on it available, and can we publicly demonstrate (or disprove) their security? The vote over in Calgary Centre-North went without a hitch, and it was a paper ballot.

Any time you hear about a vote count being sent electronically to a central location to be tabluated, you have to be worried. Optical scanners counted at the precinct and subject to a proper audit is the only way to go if we must have electronic machines. It's the paper ballot and the proper audit that's key.

Any time you hear about a vote count being sent electronically to a central location to be tabluated, you have to be worried. Optical scanners counted at the precinct and subject to a proper audit is the only way to go if we must have electronic machines. It's the paper ballot and the proper audit that's key.

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