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Casting Doubt on Voting Machines Masks True Agenda Dear Editor: I write in response to “The Election – a Bleak Scenario” by Martin L. Haines in the Sept. 27 issue [177 N.J.L.J. 1163]. Haines expresses concern that recounts may be impossible because “most machines . . . have no capacity to count actual ballots.” He then suggests that the only solution is to go backwards, technologically, rather than forward – that is, to “require paper ballots and prohibit the use of machines.” Haines’s argument is of course based on a faulty premise. There is no fundamental reason that voting machines cannot be designed to store electronic images of each voter’s ballot in memory (if that is not already in fact the case). If a recount is needed, it can be done far more rapidly and accurately than could manual recounting of paper ballots. And, the electronically stored images will still be available in case there develops an actual need to print out the images in hard format – i.e., as paper ballots. I suspect the purpose of Haines’s article is one of thinly disguised political partisanship: The real purpose of the article is to cast an aspersion on the legitimacy of the upcoming presidential election, under the assumption that President Bush (as things now seem to be playing out) is going to be the likely victor. This tactic ties in with the recent Democratic attacks claiming that Republicans have denied blacks access to the polls in certain areas, or have undercounted black votes. Alan S. Albin Morristown Donations Sought To Help Lucas Family Dear Editor: As Vincent Cino pointed out in a poignant letter to the editor [177 N.J.L.J. 1093, Sept. 20] , Walter Lucas passed away on Aug. 23 and will be missed. Walter and his family are this year’s recipients of support from the Friends at the Bar foundation, a nonprofit corporation that assists lawyers in need due to catastrophic medical and financial conditions. FATB will continue to supplement the Lucas family grant during this fiscal year in order to help Walter’s wife, Kitta, and his children, Walter Jr., 20, Wendy, 15, and Wyatt, 7. Any one who wishes to make a contribution to FATB in honor of Walter on the 50th anniversary of his birth on October 22nd, or wishes to remember him over the upcoming holidays, please direct donations t FATB, c/o Smith Mullin, 240 Claremont Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042. Nancy Erika Smith Chair, FATB Montclair

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