Re: More on Washingtom Recount

From: Joseph Lorenzo Hall <joehall_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Sun Dec 05 2004 - 11:53:23 CST

On Sat, 04 Dec 2004 23:15:05 -0800, Keith Copenhagen <> wrote:
> I'd love to get an informed legal opinion on this. I think there's a
> legal case (or two, or three) here. Let the Dem's spend a million
> bucks on this hand recount, and then let's get the entire election
> invalidated. I guarantee that would be the death knell for paperless
> electronic voting systems nationwide.


If it's anything like California (which it's probably not), the ballot
images in the computer memory are the "official ballots" or "official
record" of the vote. I'm not sure there's such a ripe legal argument
here... that is, as long as the Snohomish crowd is using the same
*criteria* as the rest of the state to decide whether or not a ballot
counts, there's probably no Bush v. Gore line of argument (please
point one out if I'm wrong).

What will be interesting is to see if the hand-count is different
(with 92,000 chances to screw up, it undoubtedly will be) and what
they do about it. -Joe


Joseph Lorenzo Hall
UC Berkeley, SIMS PhD Student
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