Venezuelan Election Using Paper Trail To Verify E-Voting Is Accurate

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While some say that it's impossible to have a secure and accurate election using e-voting machines, having some sort of paper trail backup certainly goes a long way towards relieving the biggest fears associated with e-voting machines. While we don't yet have them in the US, Venezuela's national election this coming weekend will have a verifiable paper trail associated with each voting machine. After a person votes, the machine will spit out a receipt for the voter to review. They will then put the receipt into a box so that it can be counted (and also to avoid "vote buying" where the voter can prove he or she voted for a specific candidate). Not only that, but election officials are going to count millions of the votes and compare them with the e-vote totals to make sure they're accurate. They're not only going to take a small, self-selected sample, or only in specific cases where misuse is suspected. Apparently, they're going to audit over half of the machines by checking the paper ballots. That's pretty impressive and makes it that much harder to question the results of the election. Update: Some great comments left by people in Venezuela who point out why many are still uncomfortable with the e-voting machines and still expect fraud.
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  1. identicon
    Gubatron, 29 Nov 2006 @ 2:46am

    List of tech reasons why the oposition has no chan

    Even though the people have made it obvious we don't want him:

    Here's a detailed list of technicalities that describe why the oposition candidate stands no chance against the president with the crooked voting system: r-Tecnicismos.html

    The paper trail isn't binding it seems... it wouldn't do any good to reconsider the results. Shit will go down in our country no matter what.

    The international observers are mostly pro LEFT...

    God help Venezuela, and Latin America, we have to all go to vote to make it impossible to cheat on us, even if he has the "dead" people voting for him.

    If you don't believe me go to the vote registration web site, and check for the following ID numbers...

    13, 14, 17, 37, 51 , 55, 56, 59 , 62, 66 , 67 , 71, 76, 77, 80, 84, 87, 88, 95, 96, 97, 99, 100, 103, 104, 111, 116, 117, 118, 119, 122, 123, 126, 129, 132, 134, 142, 155, 159, 160, 163, 165, 167, 172, 176, 184 , 185, 193, 196, 199, 200 , 212, 214, 217, 222, 231, 234, 237, 241, 252, 255, 283, 286, 310, 334, 341, 348, 365, 371, 386, 403, 405, 408, 412 , 422 , 440, 443, 467, 476, 488, 1002, 1010, 1018, 1031, 1032, 1034, 1038, 1040, 1043, 1078, 1079, 1082, 1085, 1087, 1088, 1093, 1503, 1514, 1515, 1524, 1525, 1530, 1535, 1544, 1545, 1577, 1586, 2001, 2013, 2024, 2031, 2049, 2080, 2086, 2087, 2090, 5002, 5010, 5021 , 5040, 5041, 5044, 5045, 5048, 5061, 5063, 5076, 5087, 5089, 5095, 10000, 10003, 10004, 10037, 10045, 10047, 10049, 10051, 10053, 10057, 10064, 10069, 10070, 10075, 10076, 10090, 10092

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