Electronic voting machines–their advantages and drawbacks–have been an important topic for the League as well as other concerned citizens for several years. Now the New York Times has published a long, thoughtful article describing the many ways in which these machines have failed to meet the goals of a transparent, secure election. Perhaps the country rushed too quickly into buying electronic machines without thinking through the many demands of public elections. How can the privacy of the voter be protected while also allowing election officials to check the accuracy of the vote count? How can the business practices of private companies be reconciled with the demands of public accountability? Do we need a dual system of electronic and paper ballots? There are still far more questions than answers, but this article gives a good starting point for talking about them.
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