Sometimes it seems as though San Francisco will never get the issue of electronic voting machines settled. This week the Supervisors approved the purchase of Sequoia Voting Machines, but even some of those who voted to do this are not quite satisfied. The Sequoia machines are accessible for people with disabilities and they are a clear step ahead of the old machines, which had not been approved by the state, but they do not meet all the specifications activists would like to see. The system is not transparent and the company refuses to let outsiders examine its programs for vote counting. The approval of these machines, which are likely to be available for the February primary, should avoid the need for tedious hand counts, but people who care about election integrity will still be watching and waiting for even better options.
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