Election Officials Hoping E-Voting Machines With Paper Receipts Fail
from the because-democracy-is-too-difficult dept
You would think that the goal of an election official would be to help guarantee the most accurate election possible, promoting the benefits of democracy. However, it seems that that’s not true at all. We’ve already talked about election officials who have decided to ignore rules requiring their electronic voting machines be more secure and others who are suing because they don’t want to make their machines more secure. However, now that Nevada is going to use e-voting machines with a paper trail, many election officials are hoping the machines will fail just to say “I told you so!” Once again, they’re missing the point. It is very likely that some of the machines will have bugs – and all of these election officials will start screaming about them. However, the problem with the current e-voting machines is that no one knows if there are bugs or not in how the votes are actually counted. Just because you’ve set up the system to not inform you if something goes wrong, it doesn’t mean that everything has gone right. Shouldn’t we trust a system that will at least let us double check if something has gone wrong more than one that doesn’t let us check at all? Of course, the article notes that the paper trail in these Nevada elections will be useless, because it doesn’t qualify as a legitimate ballot to be recounted. In other words, the only point of using e-voting with the paper trail in these elections is to see if the machines jam up, and then let election officials complain loudly about the problems with paper receipt e-voting machines.