Many state laws have not caught up with computerized voting

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  1. IndependentBear

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    In Virginia (and probably many other states), the order that candidates' names appear on the ballot is determined by a draw, with party-affiliated candidates getting the first draw. This puts independent and third-party candidates at a disadvantage because the candidate near the top of the ballot is more likely to get a vote than someone closer to the bottom. With computerized voting in place in most larger cities, the computer could be programmed to display the candidates' names in a random order, which would be different for each voter.

    Example: In a 3-way race, the names would appear as Democrat, Republican, Independent for the first voter. The second voter would see the names as Republican, Independent, Democrat. The third voter would see the names as Independent, Democrat, Republican, and so on. The computer would automatically rearrange the names in a random order each time, giving each candidate approximately the same number of turns at the top of the list.

    Can anyone tell me why this would not work?

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