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Absentee ballots decide Princetown elections

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Her seventh run for public office was her toughest, but Carol McClaine ultimately emerged victorious in her bid for Princetown town clerk. The Conservative incumbent ended the race after squeaking out a seven-vote victory over Republican-endorsed challenger Sandra Fortune to land another four years in office. McClaine, who was up by four votes when polls closed last week, picked up 17 votes to the 14 landed by Fortune when absentee ballots were counted this week. ...

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November 14, 2013
8:04 a.m.

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Why are Absentee Ballots counted behind closed doors and in secret instead of in public view on election night? Why aren't they feeded into the "secret vote counting machines" with the rest of ballots on election day? Voters need to start demanding
transparency with the VOTE COUNT- How do we trust that the "insiders" didn't add in a few extra "absentee ballots" or manipulate the ballots behind closed doors?
The system cannot be trusted as is. The old lever machines were actually more trustworthy because you would be able to see any "tampering"- We the public cannot See how the "programmer" has programmed the machines to count the votes- so you can vote for X but the Computer can say- a vote for X really equals adding or subtracting a Vote for Y. If they can COUNT Absentee Ballots behind closed doors after election day- Then we can HAND COUNT ALL BALLOTS ON ELECTION NIGHT in Public View and POST results at the Precinct Door. Google BlackBoxVoting,,, Center For Hand Counted Ballots-
They Hand Count (thus Verify) Ballots in may towns on election night with a fresh team of counters in a few hours.