[ExI] To vote or not to vote

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Fri Aug 19 19:12:00 UTC 2016

On Aug 19, 2016 11:08 AM, "spike" <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
> Solution: of the three types of voting, mail-in ballots, electronic
machine voting and paper voting, keep the first and merge the second two.
Count and archive the mail-in ballots with both human and video recorded
evidence. Then… on election day, have stand-alone electronic machines which
communicate with any cheapy inkjet printer.  The voter shows up in person,
verifies identity by biometric or accepted form of ID with human observers,
voter is admitted, uses machine, which communicates only with printer,
creates hardcopy which voter examines to verify it printed exactly the way
the voter wanted.  If not, into the shredder or take it away, make a new
one.  Voter makes as many ballots as she wants, but can only drop one into
the ballot box.

You tempt me to hack the "unhackable".  ;)

In this case?  Disappearing ink for the printer, which lasts maybe a few
hours once printed.  Pre-print the "correct" vote using invisible ink, that
fades in after a few hours.  There's no "hand" that varies voter by voter;
that it was all written by the same printer is as expected.  Tweak any
electronic records to match.  Where the mail-in ballots are a small portion
of the total, count them honestly to add enough statistical noise to make
the results more believable.

As to the thread topic: vote third party.  There are enough people who
don't vote out of apathy that any nonvote, regardless of what you think
your reason is, will be heard by the people that matter as just another
apathetic nonvoter.  If you want to vote against Clinton and Trump, the
only way to do that is to actually vote for someone - anyone - else.  No
amount of reasoning and logic will change this, just like you can't argue
the sky into being yellow.
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