Faster, more reliable voting machines coming in metro area

  • Article by: Laurie Blake , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 5, 2013 - 11:17 PM

Every metro-area county except Carver is upgrading from optical scan as absentee voting expands.

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bother12425Jul. 5, 1310:27 PM

Implement retinal scanning and then we can all quit fighting over voter ID.

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xyzzy72Jul. 6, 13 3:13 AM

I have no problem voting on election day. I take pride in voting that day.

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windigolakeJul. 6, 13 3:48 AM

bother: "Implement retinal scanning..."What a huge waste of tens of millions of dollars, or more. Just building the database of retinal scans of registered voters would be many millions of dollars. All this to solve a problem that doesn't exist. Now these new, faster voting machines should shorten lines and make counting votes easier and more accurate. There's a big improvement to our voting process.

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elmore1Jul. 6, 13 7:34 AM

One step forward in our "stone age" voting process. Now let's implement voter ID.

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woodyagJul. 6, 13 7:53 AM

As long as there's a paper ballot- and we keep them; it might be ok. But I'll be you it won't be long before the ballot is counted 3 times; once with the official machine- once with MY machine, since I don't trust the official one; and once with YOUR machine; since you don't trust mine. Electronic bits are very slippery; and easily flipped. Graphite marks on paper- actually can't be erased completely, and you can see tampering. Which is where votes ARE actually stolen- not by voters pretending to be someone they're not- by ballot counters who want to cheat. Ask Florida.

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johnbaranickJul. 6, 13 8:27 AM

So the old machines are "reliable and accurate", but need maintenance (like everything else). It seems like one of the complaints was having to manually feed in all of the absentee ballots (70,000+). So, that issue has been eliminated? If so, how? Article didn't say.

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hrearden57Jul. 6, 1312:14 PM

People can vote even more now.

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TommandkayJul. 6, 13 2:38 PM

Windigolake, denying a problem exists will not solve a problem, only aid it. Errors by the way will still occur. No doubt in the next presidential election we will hear of malfunctioning machines, or glitches that might have cast thousands of erroneous votes, machines "accidently purging its data and so on. And still voter fraud which does indeed exist, and has existed since the very first election will continue.

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kilofoxJul. 6, 13 4:06 PM

I wonder if this will eliminate the extra ballots found in trunks of cars in democrat districts.

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cody1234Jul. 7, 13 2:31 PM

Kilofox - there were never ballots found in a trunk. Alleged and debunked during the recount in 2008. I bet its fun to talk about with other conspiracy theorists, though. Too bad it's not true.

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