Sunday, October 17, 2004


Canada's Revolutionary Voting Technology

The move back to paper ballots is long overdue. If you wanna do it on a computer and print a receipt, well ok. But really, can you beat that wood-pulp technology?

Florida vote canvassers, take note. Within four hours after the last polls closed in Canada's parliamentary election, officials at 50,000 polling stations had hand-counted virtually every one of nearly 13 million paper ballots. There were glitches, to be sure -- an angry voter seized a ballot box in Nova Scotia and threw it into a polluted lagoon. But overall, Canada's federal elections system, which uses no counting machines, had a smooth Election Night.
There were 60,728 polling stations involved.