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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    Amaro Magenta, 29 Nov 2006 @ 8:35am

    Cowards selfdeceit

    To anonymous, known and unknown cowards:
    You selfdeceit yourselves, and let me tell you why you call yourselves cowards. Because you are all too aware that you are afraid of democracy, you are afraid of "sharing" welfare with poor people, you are afraid days of social apartheid may come to an end, you no longer feel comfortable with the new pride the political process has brought for maidens, underworkers, darker skined secularly despised and discriminated people - who happen to be the vast majority of the population, strongly backing Chavez and the process for their emancipation.
    THEY NEVER ha a choice before, now they do. So what do you want to call that?
    Opportunities for education now are for everyone, no longer twotracked public policies, health is now specially for those who never had access to health and are undernurtered, food access is now SPECIALLY for them but also for everybody else as well, at fair prices.
    As for Stu, I can tell you: Venezuelan people are as BRAVE as have never been, we are no longer afraid of police repression for political dissent, we are no longer afraid of global police coming to us to say we have to demolish the State in order to let richer people get richer, and poor people go to hell.
    Maisanta list? that's only in the papers you read. Castrocomunism? That's only in your minds.
    As for voting machines, they have ben tested all the way thorugh by independent observers, even Sumate, the fraudulent "civic movement" has finally said all their blabla was just made up to push people to the streets and cry (unexisting) fraud.
    Finally let me tell you that democracy has for too long been a game of the few. If you don't like democracy being a game FOR ALL, just try to be sincere: this means you don't like democracy, and thus are ANTIDEMOCRATIC. Put an end to the false discourse, say you want to go back to SOCIAL AND POLITICAL APARTHEID, and please try not to LIE TO PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT INFORMED.
    So conclusion: in Venezuela, the usual saying pitty the poor seems to be getting upsided down. Pitty the rich, my friends, you have been deceived into believing what they want you to believe, in order to play for THEIR game. Just calm down: it's finally democracy time - a real democracy for ALL.

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