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Election reform, the Voting Rights Act, the Help America Vote Act, and related topics -- with special attention to the voting rights of people of color, non-English proficient citizens, and people with disabilities

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Monday, October 10
 
Schwarzenegger Signs Paper Recount Bill
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill requiring that contemporaneously generated paper records of electronic votes be used in automatic manual recounts of 1% of ballots. Local election officials say it will be time-consuming and onerous to count the strips of thermal paper generated by the printers attached to electronic voting machines. In Nevada, it took about four minutes per each ballot. Unfortunately, California won't get much bang for its buck out of this law. As I explained here, a recount of just 1% of ballots will provide little reason for confidence that the results haven't been altered. California's mistake is to assume that the mechanisms used for auditing with paper-based systems will be effective when it comes to electronic technology.

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