Voting today isn't what it used to be

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The problem with the new electronic voting machines is that they leave no paper trail, no verification that the wires and chips inside the contraption have recorded exactly what we wanted them to. Also, we understand switches; we know how they work. But knowledge of computer electronics is different. One election watchdog group reported that in the 2004 presidential election, there were 100,000 cases of glitches, malfunctions and deliberate tampering in the state of Florida alone.

I don't mean to dump on Florida, but since 2000, it has become the standard for what can and does go wrong in elections. Computer professionals can't argue with the fact that electronic voting systems are vulnerable. It's easy for a programmer to make a computer tell us one thing and do another.

It's estimated this year, the year of the HAVA deadline, 22.5 million voters will vote using the old lever machine or push-card method.

I miss the good old days of election shenanigans that were easier to understand.

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