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This was the first use of electronic counting machines in Scottish elections, and AFAIK they have *no* statistical check to see whether the votes reported as counted matched those actually counted.
Just after the polls closed, the politics program had on a bloke from the company supplying the technology saying how it had been fully tested, didn't need any checks through actual live usage, no, no, no, of course not, their testing was full and complete, etc...
Fast forward an hour, and they're reporting that the count has been held up in my local Edinburgh consituency because someone charged into one of the voting stations, attacked the ballot boxes with a golf club, and managed to cause some serious damage to many ballots (ripped up, crumpled, etc) And this is going to delay the count for some considerable time, whilst the electoral officers figure out what the right procedure is about sellotaping back torn-up ballot papers, and whether they can then be put through these "infallible" vote counting machines, and if not, what happens next
Wonder whether they tested for this event..."
"Dave Weldon, M.D. (R-FL) today excoriated the Democratic leadership for failing to allow a vote on an amendment he proposed that would have kept Congress from raiding NASA's budget to fund a 40% increase for the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Now that China is hosting the Olympics and seeking to build international credibility, what responsibility does it have to not engage in blatant violations of international trademarks in publicly-owned operations?"