Just like DRM
Posted Aug 9, 2007 9:19 UTC (Thu) by charris
In reply to: Just like DRM
Parent article: Securing our votes
IIRC, wholesale move to electronic voting started with the butterfly ballots in Florida in the 2000 election. A prime example of the need to be careful of what you wish for. That said, I voted using a Diebold machine in 2006 and it kept a record of the votes on a strip of paper that I could see, so there was a paper trail as well as the electronic memory. I suspect the big problem isn't the voting itself, it is the ease of jigging the machine to create false votes. How easy it is to jig the machines in practice, I don't know. During the last election cycle there were three recounts in the Washington governor's race and lost ballots kept turning up in King's County until the election results changed. So it isn't clear to me that paper ballots are really better than the machines.
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