Feds Finally Realizing That Current E-Voting Standards Suck
from the it-took-them-this-long? dept
Despite the fact that people have been pointing this out for many years, it seems that the federal government is finally recognizing that current e-voting machines suck, and it’s time to have much more stringent rules on e-voting machines. Specifically, they want to finally require voter verifiable paper trails so that every machine can have an audit and a recount if there are any questions about them — which would mean that the plan in Sarasota county, Florida to resell their broken e-voting machines may have just gone out the window. Of course, as per usual, there are always some who are against such a plan. The article quotes an “elections expert” who complains: “If you insist on paper you’re tying elections to an old technology.” That’s about the weakest argument we’ve heard. We need e-voting machines because they’re new? How about accuracy or security? I would think in the long list of reasons why you’d want any particular voting method, “novelty” as opposed to “been around for a while” would be near the bottom of the list.