Re: Write in candidates. The San Diego experienced.

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Mon Nov 15 2004 - 22:03:13 CST

> Perhaps I'm feeling a little out of sorts tonight but this letter
> rather confuses me. There were 437,173 votes in the City of San Diego
> mayoral race. How many votes were cast in for a similar office in
> Franklin County? Also, is your message that we should do everything by
> pencil and paper?

I'm not sure what my message is, actually. Maybe that pencil-and-paper
ain't such a bad thing. Or maybe that I'm just utterly mystified how
it can take some places SO MUCH work to count ballots.

Franklin County as a whole has fewer votes than San Diego by itself.
I'm not really sure of the number, but maybe 100 or 150 thousand.
Those votes, however, are not counted in one big room though, but
rather at individual precincts (or maybe in each small town). So each
poll worker only needs to count a hundred ballots, not a hundred
thousand. County-wide totals are just a matter of adding machines.

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