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A clear paper trail

October 17, 2008

Re "Canada's Conservative Party overcomes Bush comparisons," Oct. 15

Isn't it wonderful that, in Canada, the winners of Tuesday's parliamentary elections were known in time to be in Wednesday's newspaper?

Neither the words "are leading" nor "preliminary returns" appear in the report. That is because Canada uses paper ballots. Procedures for counting votes in the precincts provide a reliable prediction of outcome and include controls against vote manipulation.

No chads. No missing computer data.

The U.S. needs a paper ballot system, a system that is secure and time-tested. It is a waste of taxpayer money to spend millions of dollars on voting machines, which cannot be made tamper-proof without disclosing the identity of the voters.

Lloyd A. Dent

Studio City

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