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Re: “Tennessee Secretary of State Says Up-to-Date Voting Machines Available for TVCA But Costs Still Prohibitive

Responding to HTMLDON, the TVCA is not only not a waste of money -- it's an absolute necessity if democracy in Tennessee is to have any real meaning beyond inflammatory talking points on Fox News.

Fact: DREs count votes in secret which goes against our right to observer that count publicly. The only paper they generate is a summary total of what the machines have already tabulated internally. The voter receives no indication that their individual votes were counted correctly. This undermines public confidence in the process.

Fact: Optical Scan systems require dramatically less machines that DREs so how could they possibly take up more space than say, the 600+ DREs Davidson County alone is required to store -- not to mention thousands of other DREs in county warehouses across TN. I would have to see definitive proof that the number of boxes of stored paper ballots per county would cumulatively offset that gain in warehouse space.

Fact: Ballot costs can be dramatically reduced by NOT just depending on the monopolistic practices and price gouging by the voting machine vendors, but actually putting ballot printing process out to bid to the multitude of printing companies across our state.

Fact: Fewer Opscans versus DREs mean a serious SAVINGS in reduced maintenance costs and software update fees to voting machine vendors.

Posted by jirrera on 12/12/2009 at 11:21 AM


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