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Old October 6 2012, 12:06 AM   #19
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Re: Did we ever see anyone vote in the Federation?

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^Are you discussing the actual time need for people to vote. Or the time need to calcualte those votes?

And where do you get the idea that you need two independant firms to audit it?
This was an established part of Federation electoral procedure in the novel A Time for War, A Time for Peace.

And what took days or weeks centuries ago, doesn't mean it has to take that long today.
No one's talking about today. We're talking about a fictional super-state in the future that has a higher population than has ever existed in human history. It's just silly to expect something like that not to take longer.

It could be a simple case of a retina scan/thumb print/dna scan to verify a person and then pushing a button on a console. And when the polls close simply a matter of pushing a button to pull up the results.
No, because you've also got to have safeguards in place to ensure that no one has installed any malicious programs designed to fabricate election results. Electronic security is a major consideration.
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