d-tenn 
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Very interested in the election process - especially helping voters understand.

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Re: “Faith-based Democracy

To be hacked, one must be on the internet. Shelby CO voting machines are not on line.
The other institutions you referenced connect your name with your account, activities, record etc. Your cast ballot is not connected to your name. You and your name are first verified to be the legal voter your claim to be, then you make your choices. Your choices are registered under the name of the candidate, not your name. Paper ballots are scanned and the "tic marks" are indicated under the candidate's name. The only valid photo ID in Tennessee is a photo ID issued by the Federal, or TN state government. Even an expired photo ID is acceptable if issued by the Federal or TN state government.

Posted by d-tenn on 07/21/2018 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Faith-based Democracy

Even a paper ballot does not enter the system with a voter's name attached to the ballot.No one can identify how a particular voter voted. Paper ballots are sealed in an envelop, when verified that a registered voter executed that vote,all identifying data is removed from the envelop and the ballot is included with all the other PAPER ballots to be scanned and tallied after the close of polls on ED. They are tallied with the same software and they do not include a voter's name attached to that ballot. There are several steps made before that voters gets to a machine to vote, but once those proper procedures, to confirm the voter is legal, then they are allowed a voter card. Our elections are conducted by your friends and neighbors it is not a daily job, but rather an occasional job. They are wonderful and we could not have elections without them, however, they cannot always remember all the rules and regs. Don't be afraid of our voting machines.

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Posted by d-tenn on 07/20/2018 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Faith-based Democracy

Check again mister editor. No voters anywhere in the U.S. walks away with a copy of their ballot! They may be given a piece of paper saying they voted, but not a copy of how they voted.

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Posted by d-tenn on 07/20/2018 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Faith-based Democracy

When you ballot is coded and pulled up, you are asked to confirm it is the correct ballot. Do not push any buttons on an incorrect ballot.
Before you push the cast ballot button you are asked to review and verify that your selections are as you selected them.
The sanctity of your ballot means that only you know for whom you voted. If you were given a copy of your selections, then that copy would be available to others. Such a copy would be proof for someone who bought a vote. A receipt showing for whom you voted is available in a country that predetermines your ballot.
Once the cast ballot button is pushed, your votes are tallied for the candidates for whom you selected; your name is not attached to any of those votes.

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Posted by d-tenn on 07/19/2018 at 11:41 AM

Re: “New Complaint Directed at Election Commission Administration

Professionals in one discipline are well-meaning amateurs in another, just like Monday-morning quarterbacks. SJM, how long would you continue to be seriously receptive to continual amateur suggestions regarding your profession?

The blog under discussion was not accurate or helpful to voters. Are sensational seeking reports more important than responsibility to the public? Inflammatory suggestive words often become "facts" as they are passed along. To me those who post such words are not trying to be helpful or trying to do the right thing.
Dr. W did not "discover" the PVL reports were no longer on line, but rather was informed of that fact via receiving the reports by email. There was nothing sinister, tricky or otherwise regarding the removal of that file from the internet. It was a response to voter concerns. (Gleefully trigger-happy, Cracker?) Old-time telephone books allowed unlisted numbers; on-line posts are visible to all. There are many reasons a voter might not want their private info posted on line, one group that comes to mind would be several levels of law professionals.

The referenced 2012 "anomalies" were not anomalies, but rather outright redistricting errors committed by the then in-house I.T. Dr. W first told me that he used SCEC on-line data to "discover" those anomalies. When I pointed out that those files were not posted for the time period he referenced, he then said he used the state Democrat data file. At the time, that file was discovered to be woefully out-of-date. It is a mystery to me how the bird-doggers could have made their discovery from files that, which in internet time, were ancient.

SJM, no elections were overturned, some were contested, settled and/or dismissed -- not overturned! You are in no position to be aware of any reforms I have supported. You seem to be oblivious that while you were a sitting member, the CC refused funds for needed additional personnel and instead imposed a $200K study before needed equipment could be purchased -- then you claimed approval of a non-request!

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Posted by d-tenn on 11/02/2014 at 10:06 PM

Re: “New Complaint Directed at Election Commission Administration

Shame on you! Printing (reporting??) the twisted-misinformation of others does not relieve you of the responsibility to verify before you print, even on a blog. When you don't understand the subject, please refrain from sharing. What you blogged is not factual, accurate or helpful, your readers deserve facts on public interest topics. Repartee inducing posts of this nature are destructive and misleading, perhaps entertaining to some, but as a reporter don't you have some kind of ethics code regarding truth and facts, even on a blog? Would you blog or report in a serious manner about a miraculous inexpensive protection from hurricanes right before hurricane season in FL? Should "WARNING -Entertainment Only" disclaimer be added to your writings?

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Posted by d-tenn on 10/30/2014 at 6:17 PM

Re: “New Complaint Directed at Election Commission Administration

Jackson, you confirmed the answer to my question regarding the level of verification you do before publishing stories! This is a disgraceful hodgepodge, you should be ashamed of yourself, EVEN under a "blog" title. Talk about malfeasance!!! All four of you should be ashamed, Dr. W had time to correct his misinformation before you posted this, but I see that he has not even done so at this time. He acknowledged his mistaken idea that he had not received the list, he even made a remark about " not knowing what happened".

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Posted by d-tenn on 10/29/2014 at 9:13 PM

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