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
    Charlie ..., 28 Nov 2006 @ 7:06pm

    Yeah Right...

    As the Anonymous person has correctly stated these elections are a fraud. It is very delightful to see that our country is placed amongst some news reports as being positive. I do not blame "Mike" for reporting on the e-voting as a totally positive things, it is very hard to understand all the turmoil we are going through to make these elections as clear as possible. The government only allowed 55% of the manual votes to be counted to back up. However, the machines and all software is provided and set up and reviewed by the government giving opportunity to commit any fraud by making for example every vote for the oppositions candidate equivalent to three votes for the current president, Chavez. These results are "spit out" as you so bluntly remark at the end., making these result valid. Why is this possible you may say? Dead people, even if solicited to be taken off the record are used to vote for candidates that they probably never even heard of when they were alive. What good do the manual votes serve if the system already is corrupt? Not only that, but the government insists on using fear methods such as those used by other totalitarians like Stalin and Mussolini to make the official and public worker to vote for Chavez. The people are brainwashed, threatened and in some cases like the military even reprimanded. It is easy to be unaffected about the whole situation in Venezuela when you look at it as an outsider. People in the United States complain about their system being fraudulent, but you have a choice, you effective choose your candidate and are 95% sure that your vote will be respected and kept secret. In case you are wondering where I am coming from, if I am also an outside spectator but no. I have double citizenship. I am both Venezuelan and American. I am young and many do not respect our opinion, or even care about our future, but as young people we know what is right and what is wrong and the lies these people have fed us through the years. People here supposedly have a fair choice, but if we keep on with these fears, these lies there is not technology that could ever help us. I just don't understand how a country like India where there are over 1 billion people, they can count the votes one-by-one and reach some conclusion, and a country where there are less than 30 million we can never obtain straight results, there is always some controversies and people from outside and international organizations insist on believe that elections here are clear and that everything is out to the eyes of the public. Please pay attention and realize that not everything you read is true.

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