Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Dems ready to fund paper ballots as backup

From the NY Times, fearing that electronic ballot machines may experience problems, or perhaps afraid that they might be more accurate than paper ballots, dems have proposed funding that will reimburse localities for printing paper ballots to backup touch screen machines.
Dozens of states are using optical-scan and touch-screen machines to comply with federal laws intended to phase out lever and punch-card machines after the hanging-chads confusion of the 2000 presidential election. Widespread problems were reported with the new technology and among poll workers using the machines this year in primaries in Arkansas, Illinois, Maryland, Ohio and elsewhere.

Local and state officials have expressed concern that the new systems might not be ready to handle increased turnouts. Election experts fear that the lack of a paper trail with most touch-screen machines will leave no way to verify votes in case of fraud or computer failure.

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