Monday, February 19, 2007

yes, create a paper trail

It looks like the Democratic Congress may move to require paper trails to be able to confirm votes in federal elections. (And Florida Governor Charlie Crist, a Republican, wants his state to switch to optical-scan ballots to count paper ballots. Good.)

In practice, any such Congressional move would probably create paper trails for state elections as well, since I doubt most states would not use the same equipment in the same way for both.

Good. Some law professor at Ohio State complains that there could be legal and administrative problems in counting paper computer read-outs. True. But is it better to allow a gross error -- for example, the 18,000 uncounted votes in a heavily Democratic Sarasota, Florida that almost certainly cost Democrat candidate Christine Jennings a seat in Congress last November?



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