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Why election officials are pinning their hopes on different vote-verifying technologies

December 19, 2018 | Media News

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in an Alternet article titled, Why election officials are pinning their hopes on different vote-verifying technologies.

“This is a theme that goes all the way back through the beginnings of American history,” he said. “This debate was between Alexander Hamilton and James Madison. When they had their disputed elections way back in the beginning, Madison’s view was, ‘We’ve got to get the correct answer in this election right. We cannot tolerate an error in the vote-counting process in this particular election.’ Hamilton said, ‘No, no, no. That’s too difficult a standard. At some point, you have to stop the counting process and say we’ve got to have a winner. And you know what, there’s going to be another election…’”