Got this in my email...seems like a good idea to require a paper-record of voting

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    May 30, 2009 7:45 PM GMT
    Dear Caslon,

    Here are three quick ways you can make a difference today!

    1. Ban Touchscreen Voting

    Do you remember the Stolen Elections of 2000 (Florida) and 2004 (Ohio)? We will never forget them, because we fought hard after both elections to count every vote.

    And now we can finally do something about it by passing Rep. Rush Holt's "Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act."

    Sign our petition to Congress:

    In 2000, the Republican Supreme Court blocked a manual recount of 175,000 never-counted paper ballots and appointed George Bush as President, with disastrous consequences for our nation and the world. And in 2004, many disputed Ohio votes were cast on touchscreens, so a manual recount was impossible.

    After 2004, grassroots activists across the country fought to ban touchscreen voting and to require full manual recounts in close elections. Thanks to activists, the closest race in 2008 - the Minnesota Senate battle between Al Franken and Norm Coleman - used paper ballots which were recounted entirely by hand. This careful and precise manual recount changed the result from a Coleman lead of 477 on Election night to a Franken lead of 312 today.

    But a Minnesota-style recount would be impossible in one-third of the U.S. because of paperless touchscreen voting. That's why Congress must pass Rep. Rush Holt's "Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act" to ban touchscreen voting and require manual recounts in close elections.

    Sign our petition to Congress:

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    May 31, 2009 7:16 AM GMT
    IMHO, I believe there are just as many problems with paper ballots as electronic ballots. I can't think of any fool proof way to insure a perfect vote casting, but I do think that one of the ways to get voting corrected more so is to go back to the registration issue and make sure that citizens are voting in the right precints, know the rules of absentee voting and making sure the offices of voter registration are up to date on voting standards.
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    May 31, 2009 12:02 PM GMT
    Voter disenfranchisement and election stealing has become part and parcel to the republican mantra for years
    Most famously the Bush vs Gore fiasco that gave us the New American Caligula of the last decade
    But do a little research and see who is behind the technology and who OWNS some of these companies and that will tell you how much we need a paper trail to counteract the damage that have done
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    May 31, 2009 9:18 PM GMT
    All the hot air isn't going to make any difference. There is an error rate in any system. What's really remarkable is that the results of so many major elections are falling within the margin of counting error. Apparently, the number of voters that are too stupid to mark a ballot is an even greater source of error. And neither party is above dishonest manipulations when they believe that it can aid their cause. (Where's the outrage over the 2004 Washington gubernatorial fiasco? Or the systematic discard of absentee ballots from APO addresses?)

    It seems very strange that these election results are so close in the first place, but really, a coin flip would be just as fair as all of these lawsuits.