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Paper ballots important

I ask how can I be certain my vote counted and can we program a plan for recounting our votes in a close election? Could it be as simple as this?

When we vote in a national election, we find two additional papers on our envelopes — one stating how we voted and another regarding recounts.

Number one — the smaller paper has a number. Say mine is “50” and yours is “100,” which is only known to us for no one is to know how we voted. This paper has four squares — Republican, Democrat, Independent or Other — and we check the proper one. This paper will be printed out and displayed so we can check to see if our vote was counted properly. If there is a duplice “50” that can be noted and checked on, but that would be doubtful. If we find our number never printed, that too could be noted and checked on. Then, for the first time, I would know that my vote counted.

Number two — I feel that paper votes should never be done away with for they make it possible for those of us who are elderly, living at the Embers, and those who are ill or unable to drive to the polls can vote. Also, those who vote on the machines would take the time to fill the paper ballots in order to save time if there is a close election for a recount. I can’t understand the recount for 2020 since there was 7 million more votes and it was not close at all.

I’m reminded back to our primary election and for the first time at Franklin School, we voted paper votes which saved the day — so to speak — when the machine didn’t report accurately. I do not know if the machine votes can be verified. That is why the paper ballots are so important.

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