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Wednesday, 8 November 2006

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While the original design specification for electronic voting machines stated they should register one vote, per person, per issue, there are early indications that this minimum requirement has been significantly outperformed.

A spokesman for Diebold told reporters today, "The machines seem to have captured an astonishing 300% of the votes indicating that they have used down time to fill ballots for people who didn't manage to make it to the polls."

We may never know for sure.

The new voting machines have come under criticism for their lack of a manual audit trail, but designers say these are unnecessary. Each machine tracks votes in a series of internal counters similar in design to something a high school student might build to keep a tally of their CD, DVD and games collections.

Diebold argue that while this may not be as robust as systems used by nightclubs to adhere to occupant limits, it is fine for something like a national election where you can always get people to come back and vote again if necessary.

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