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Hand count only adds time, cost and inaccuracy to election results


Opinion: Don’t forget that the reason we began using vote-counting machines is because hand counting was so prone to manipulation and fraud.

Fear of technology is like any other phobia: grounded in reality, but expressed in delusions and conspiracies.

Cochise County and Arizona Republican candidates for governor and secretary of state have joined a chorus advocating for hand counting ballots to quell doubts about the security of election technology.

Hand counting ballots is not the answer.

First, we should remember that the first use of mechanical vote-casting machines came about because hand counting was so prone to manipulation and fraud. It’s also not as simple as just taking ballots out of the box and … counting.

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