October 06, 2019
And They Did It In Portuguese!

In case you missed this back in 2002. They seem to have in Florida, in North Carolina — well, you get the point…

One of every seven people in Brazil is illiterate, voting is obligatory and every office from president down to state representative was on the ballot. Yet less than 10 hours after the polls closed on Oct. 6, and again in last Sunday's presidential runoff vote, all of the more than 90 million votes cast had been tabulated.

There was no muss, no fuss and no hanging chads, thanks largely to a new computerized voting system that experts describe as perhaps the most advanced and efficient in the world…

The heart of the Brazilian system is a plain $420 computer with a keyboard much like that of an automatic teller machine. Voters punch in the number of the candidate they want to vote for, wait for the candidate's picture and name to appear on the screen, confirm their choice or correct any error by pressing another button, and then move on to the next office on the list.

Brazilian officials said the new system also makes tallying the vote easier and more reliable once the polls have closed. Instead of relying on election judges who are vulnerable to error or political pressures, the results are transmitted on a secure line to the state capital and then to a national center in Brasília.

Fears that the system would be vulnerable to fraud appear to have been unfounded.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at October 06, 2019 05:41 PM
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No way will that work here ya see.

Posted by: One Fly on October 6, 2019 7:05 PM

Umm, I think in this country (and maybe in Brazil, too) you'd want a paper ballot backup. It's not all that hard, my computer friends tell me, after you've hacked into the system, to take half the votes that should have gone to Briggs, and with the snap of an algorithm, to give them instead to Jiggs.

Yours Crankily,
The New York Crank

Posted by: TheNewYorkCrank on October 6, 2019 9:44 PM
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