And On Second Thought, Feds Say New E-Voting Machines Need Backup... But Old Ones Can Stay

from the compromise-or-compromised dept

Remember yesterday how the Technical Guidelines Development Committee for the National Institute of Standards and Technology rejected the proposal to require "software independent" e-voting machines (such as ones that had a paper audit trail), claiming that it was just too much work to, you know, have integrity in our elections. However, today, the group got back together and came up with something of a compromise proposal that was accepted. The new proposal says that e-voting machines with a paper trail should be used, but will not decertify existing machines. Of course, while some may see this as a compromise solution, others may suggest that it's a compromise that compromises the integrity of the vote. If current e-voting machines are insecure and problematic (which there seems to be plenty of evidence to support), it shouldn't matter how much work or how expensive it is to replace.
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    Stephanie Russell, 6 Dec 2006 @ 6:44am

    Voting Machines

    I am a poll officer in the State of Georgia and would suggest that anyone who wants to understand the system,including the procedure for setting up and counting votes on machines, sign up with his/her county to take the classes offered by their county and take a day to work at the polls. That's what I did and was pleasantly surprised to see all the checks and balances in place. Our county has machines that print the voter a "receipt", but voters complain that it takes too long to process in a large turn-out election.

    And just to clear it up once again, the US is a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy.A Republic is representative government ruled by law; in our case, the Constitution. A democracy is direct government ruled by the majority. A Republic recognizes the inalienable rights of individuals while democracies are only concerned with group wants or needs.

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