Letter: Proving the voting preference difficult

Regarding "House defeats paper ballot funding": The author missed the central argument against Electronic Voting Machines or DREs, and that is that they do not leave any evidence of how the vote was actually cast, and are thus unauditable and unverifiable by the voter. Finally there is no way to conduct a recount, only a reprint (or the same information previously printed). A programming error or malicious software could change the vote in any possible manner and NO ONE would be the wiser.

Beside, the public should be told that they can have access to the touch screen interface without sacrificing accountability by using ballot marking devices if they so desire.

Such sloppy reporting on this technology by a technology-oriented magazine is, shall I say, dreadful.

Anonymous

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