The decision has it's critics such as Pam Smith, a nationwide coordinator for a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to reliable and publicly verifiable elections. The machine does not allow the county to conduct legitimate audits or recounts, Smith claimed. The machine's verified paper audit trail component is not state certified. As a result, county officials cannot legally use paper audit trails to back up election results.
These machines have been used in Florida with less than great results.
But the machines proved problematic from the start in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Inadequate training and a lack of familiarity with the equipment appeared to be at fault. Lori Nance Parrish, chairwoman of the Broward County Board of Commissioners, told the Washington Post that poll workers at 50 polling stations failed to pick up the devices needed to turn on the machines the night before the election. It became apparent at the beginning of the day that there would be problems. Reno waited more than 20 minutes to vote as she and reporters watched precinct workers struggle to activate the machines. Problems continued throughout the day, as poll workers discovered they did not know how to change the machine's batteries or download votes after the polls closed. Various reports said that poll workers, frustrated over the new machines, failed to show up on election day or left before the balloting was completed. At least 600 voters left the polls without casting ballots, according to the AP.
Every critic of these machines say a major flaw is the lack of a paper trail. That's easy to fix without buying $3,000 machines, use paper ballots. It is more important to get it right than to do it now.
The Coalition for Voting Integrity is leading the charge on this issue:
Welcome to CoalitionforVotingIntegrity.org, a nonpartisan organization headquartered in historic Bucks County, serving all of Pennsylvania. We call on Americans of all parties to join together and support the adoption of a system of checks and balances that ensures the integrity of our elections, guaranteeing that every vote is recorded, counted, and reported accurately . . . with proof. The vote belongs to us. It is up to us to preserve, protect and defend it. Now.
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