Brad Messer Commentary KTSA Wednesday,
May 5, 2004
E-vote Learning Curve
Touchscreen voting is really catching on. This year one-fourth of U.S. votes will be electronic.
E-voting has had a learning curve. The earliest machines, and the latest ones, occasionally make mistakes. Someone will vote for one guy, but the X will appear beside the other guy, that sort of thing.
All touchscreen machines are computers. Sometimes they have a glitch and subtract when they're supposed to add, or delete a few hundred votes, and it's hard or impossible to figure out why.
As we've learned more about E-voting, most experts have come to believe in "verifiable voting" in which you get a receipt similar to an ATM receipt and computers keep totals on paper, so recounts can be done by hand.
Bexar County has touchscreen machines that don't give you a receipt. As soon as printers are available, we must buy them because without a paper trail, computer voting is not even slightly trustworthy.
Brad Messer Commentary, KTSA.
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