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Don't Vote Early, Don't Vote Absentee, Don't Vote by Touch Screen

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How to protect your votes from going AWOL

Chicago--The Illinois Ballot Integrity Project offers this advice to voters:

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1) Vote on paper, not on a touch-screen.

2) Vote in person, not by mail.

3) Vote on election day, not earlier.

4) Report election abuses! (If you live in Illinois, see the list of hotlines at Also, please post a public report at )

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Ballots cast in this way are less subject to loss, damage, or alteration than ballots that spend more time out of public view.

Touch-screen machines are particularly prone to malfunction. Though they are designed to produce a paper receipt for backup, this safeguard is deficient.

* Receipts rarely get used to check the machine count.

* Most voters do not confirm their receipt.

* Many receipts turn out to be defective.

* A machine's data and receipts can be replaced wholesale once the machine is out of sight.

Protect your votes from going AWOL. Vote in person, and ask for a paper ballot.

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[An earlier version of this article appeared in OpEdNews on January 28, 2008.]


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Roy Lipscomb, Secretary, Director for Technology, Illinois Ballot Integrity Project

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