Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Here is a great listing from an Italian lady explaining the problems with electronic voting

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Top 10 reasons for paper balloting

This is a summary - click on first link for full article

TOP 10 REASONS FOR PAPER BALLOTS ON EVOTING MACHINES

1. EVOTING MACHINES ARE NOT RELIABLE.
2. EVOTING MACHINES NOT VIRUS/HACKER PROOF.
3. PROGRAMMING 'SOURCE CODE' IS SECRET.
4. VOTES CAST RUN RISK OF NOT BEING COUNTED.
5. THE VOTE IN DATA CARTRIDGE IS 'CERTIFIED' BY ITA'S.
6. THE MACHINES ARE PROGRAMMED BY THE VENDORS.
7. 'SMART CARDS' ALLOW MULTIPLE VOTES.
8. MEMORY ON VOTING MACHINES TOO SMALL.
9. MACHINE CALIBRATION 'IFFY' AT BEST.
10. MACHINES LOSE ELECTION DATA.

SUMMATION: Electronic voting machines have been touted to be easy to use, giving quick election results with no mechanical breakdowns. This is simply not the case. These electronic voting machines have proven to incorrectly tally votes, cost counties more money, take longer to complete elections and cost states millions in recounts (when they can perform one). These are just some of the many reasons why having a paper ballot is a necessity. It is imperative that these machines be equipped with paper ballot (vvpb) audit capacity to insure that every vote cast on them is in fact cast, counted and can be recounted if necessary. Paper ballots/receipts on these unreliable machines will not fix this broken system, however at the very least an audit of the election can be performed to see if the receipts match the machine totals.