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Response to bluestarone (Reply #7)

Tue Jul 11, 2017, 12:39 AM

8. Start where you are. If you're not on paper, that's your first goal.

If you're on paper now, look at your neighboring counties and recruit friends, start advising them.

Ideally, for nationwide coordination of local action, we need a database of technology in use, budget numbers for each C&R office, and we need to recruit about 10,000 people across the country willing to give up their Thursday evenings. Or local equivalent. We need to be flexible and non-partisan on this one. This affects everyone. While paper ballots hand counted are considered the most accurate, they're not - humans make mistakes that optical scanners don't, and as long as we have 30 candidates and 10 ballot issues and 8 referenda on our ballots, we have to expect scanning as a necessity. So we can't let the purity ponies who are Luddite about anything more advanced than crayon on paper block an improvement.

Most importantly, we need to emphasize that paper + optical is cheaper to buy and maintain than touchscreen, and that opticals are easiest to maintain - they don't go online, they don't need updates.

But it all starts locally. Every state has a C&R office in desperate need of help.

Give me a few days and I can build a basic action plan, some open-source communication tools, and get a spreadsheet ready to start populating it, but the only counties that aren't priority are the ones not using paper at all. Everywhere else is at high risk.

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