Wednesday, June 16, 2004

State (California) approves paper records for e-voting

By Ian Hoffman, STAFF WRITER

California approved the nation's first standards Tuesday for a paper record to be produced by electronic voting machines and verified by voters.
Congress and at least 20 states are debating laws requiring that electronic voting machines produce a "voter-verified paper trail" so voters can be sure their electronic vote was properly recorded and so local officials would have something to recount.

But no one is certain what such a paper trail would look like, although about a half-dozen voting-system vendors have developed or are working on e-voting machines that generate a printout.

California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley ordered all e-voting machines in the state to offer the paper trail by July 2006 and had promised to define it by May.

"California is at the forefront of the movement toward a paper trail, and these standards help lead the way," said Kim Alexander, a paper-trail advocate and president of the Davis-based California Voter Foundation.


This is definitely a positive step. However this statement misses the real point entirely:
"Shelley and other California officials say instability and lax security of the current generation of e-voting machines have made a paper trail inescapable. "

It is necessary because the GOP fixed the legislation so the technology providers could fix the machines enabling them to fix the elections for the GOP.

It's not complicated.


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