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Today's Letters: Technology helps county get ahead

Published April 18, 2007


Why scan a driver's license to vote? April 16 letter

Thank you for the appreciation for the work we poll workers do during the election cycle. It's nice to be acknowledged.

The writer mentioned she thought 73 people voting in 96 hours for early voting was not worth the cost of two EViD machines per precinct. In an ideal world, we would have 100 percent voter turnout and it would be a big savings in time for the people who were voting. Don't blame the length of the lines on the cost of the machines. Plus, that precinct wasn't the only location for voting.

How many people voted on the day of the election in the 10 precincts involved in New Port Richey? I checked and it was 947, almost 11% of the total number of eligible voters, and that's being generous.

Knowing the poll worker personally would not make the process of finding your name in a bound paper voter register necessarily any faster. A poll worker still must verify your face and photo and quiz you as to your address and make sure your signature matches the one on file. Second, the reason the writer's driver's license didn't work the first and second times was because it was an older license or the magnetic strip on the back (if there is one and it's not covered up by one of the blue, older address change stickers) might have been scratched.

I was one of the EViD operators during early voting last year during both the primary and the general elections and I heard no complaints from any voter that the wait was too long or heard any concern of identity theft.

We went through eight hours of training on how to operate the machines and we were very satisfied that nothing that would compromise a voter's identity would be transmitted. The information needed is transmitted to the supervisor's database only as a comparison and verification so that you can't vote anywhere else once you've been processed.

I guess the writer is just fine with the destruction of trees that has to take place in order for the paper trail she's interested in via optical scan ballots as well as the large number of voter registers that are printed for each election, whether primary, general or municipal, for the 153 precincts in Pasco County.

You don't think that the population within Pasco County will be decreasing any time soon, do you? Why don't we get ahead of the curve and be proactive.

Peggy Wheeling, Wesley Chapel

Developers must dig into pockets

One Pasco county commissioner stated that if the homeowners next to a proposed development don't mind then why should the commissioners?

Here's why: Commissioners are voted in to make intelligent decisions concerning all residents of Pasco County. There are approximately 30,000 homes going up in Zephyrhills and Wesley Chapel. We do not have the roadways to handle another 60,000 cars (two per household).

Southwest Florida Water Management District has no clue as to what the water situation is; if it did, all building would cease. Zephyrhills has one four-lane road that covers less than 2 miles. If the building is to continue then developers need to pay for all roads and schools. Otherwise go build some place else and leave my town of Zephyrhills alone. Remember we voted these commissioners in and we can take them out.

Richard T. Welch, Zephyrhills

Phones in class lead to cheating

I think that schools should only allow phone use before or after school. Teenagers will use the phone to cheat on a test or help their friends cheat.

I am a teenager and graduated last year. Kids will take pictures of the test and send it to their friends. They also take pictures of their own test and send it to their friends. So all they have to do is take a peek at their cells phones that easily fit into their hands and copy their friend's answers.

Schools should not relax its policy on phones because it can lead to more cheating.

Carolanne Archipolo, Holiday

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