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Paper Ballots Wanted

Election Official To Ask Commission For Approval

Posted: November 17, 2012 at 2:43 a.m.

Benton County will go back to paper ballots if the chairman of the Election Commission can gain approval of his plans for elections.

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Let me get this straight:

Our tax money can be used to buy computer equipment for school children in lieu of teaching them the Three R's (in the interest of disclosure, I have no children and don't really care what happens to yours...) but, there's not enough to provide the privilege of electronic voting to registered voters?

Wasn't a breakdown of the machinery necessary to count paper ballots the problem this year? Seems like we had to outsource it to Washington County, didn't we? And now they want to go "all paper"... ?

Go with the online route. Before someone raises a security concern, let me say this: If the internet is safe enough to do our banking and stock trading over, it's certainly safe enough to cast your probably meaningless vote over, too.

Posted by: CaptainQuint

November 17, 2012 at 9:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

And, Ms. Michaels: Yes, we often are kinda stupid here in Benton County. As my mother used to say - "it's not an insult if it's true."

Posted by: CaptainQuint

November 17, 2012 at 9:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Go back to paper?! What year is this, 1950? The paper counting machines are the problem, not the electronic voting machines. I would think that after the last election problems, the last thing that we would be considering is going away from voting machines and back to a #2 pencil!

Posted by: Te

November 17, 2012 at 3:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )