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[Nov. 6th, 2007|08:04 pm]
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How to make my head explode at the polling place in two words: Indelible pencil.

update: Apparently, indelible pencil is important for elections, and is used in places like Guyana and San Mateo. http://www.codeinc.com/newslett/fall2001/english/page2.html
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[User Picture]From: hbergeronx
2007-11-07 06:15 pm (UTC)
I'm wondering if this isn't a "old person" issue, to be ageist about it. Indelible or copying pencils seem to have been popular in the early 1900's because they stained the paper but didn't smear like fountain pens.

They keep going back to what they "know".
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[User Picture]From: hbergeronx
2007-11-07 07:01 pm (UTC)
N.B.: if you go to the catalog for that company, you'll notice that thse pencils are not in the current catalog of products. They also reinforce that the election board and date and time can be printed on the pencil, implying "one time use" and so arent necessarily "kept" for future elections.

In fact, apparently in other San Mateo elections where they used paper ballots, the "indelible pencil" is "official", and no other marking object is a valid vote: printing the date on it seems a way of verifying that fact.
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