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
    Usuario Desconocido, 29 Nov 2006 @ 9:31am

    Re: Cowards selfdeceit

    Social and political apartheid? yes, your president (yours, I never voted for him) does it with maisanta (the list of signatures of people who wanted the referendum). I got Maisanta and Santa Inés. Maisanta has the signatures and is perfectly legal because the signatures is a public act, but it is no legal to use that in order to discriminate "because you signed". That's not democracy. And Santa Inés has the names of the people who voted against chavez in the referendum. Can you call it a clean voting act? Moreover, is it democratic to discriminate people for a vote that it is supposed to be secret and that supposedly there was impossible to know who voted for what option?

    Please, don't post the same s**t that you hear and hear. Post arguments (like we, the real venezuelans, say: if you say that the donkey is black, it is because I got its hairs in my hand). If you say that poor people and "dark skinned" now have more power and possibilities than before, tell us why, because as far as I can see, we have the same possibilities than before: NONE.

    And why I say that? Just look at the people form Vargas, who after 6 years of the disaster, they are still in the same situation like then. Try to use the new lines of the Metro and Train to Los valles del Tuy. It was supposed to help, but it made the things worse because there was no planification. Plaza Venezuela station was too crowded and they put another train line coming into it. And please don't tell me that they didn't knew that the Viaducto 1 was collapsing... It could be saved. And even worse, one of the collumns of the new bridge has to be blown up because it is placed exactly on the same unstable place. Don't tell me that it is 4th's republic fault!

    Come on, it's been since 1999 that this guy is president. Don't tell me that he needs more time because he has 7 years as president. Presidential times of real democracies around the world varies from 4 to 5. Not year and a half + 6 + God knows how much more...

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