Californians have been worrying about the effectiveness and reliability of voting machines for several election cycles. Fortunately our problems are not as bad as those in Ohio, a pivotal state for the upcoming presidential race. There several counties have sued the company formerly known as Diebold claiming that the touch screen machines lost votes and therefore gave inaccurate totals. The suggestion of returning to paper ballots has been made again, although paper ballots are also subject to error and possible fraud. It looks as though alert citizens will have to keep an eye on the voting machines used in November in every state. Many races are likely to be very close, and when victory hangs on a handful of votes, we must be sure the count is right.
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