The Paper Case
Democracy in America faces a crisis of conscience. Do we trust elections to electrons or paper? Political debate is senseless if election integrity is meaningless.
Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machines are anything but direct. A DRE voting machine is a touch screen computer that uses a removable memory cartridge to hold "ballot definitions" for multiple precincts and record votes cast. The machines come from private companies with proprietary restrictions on access to the voting computer's software programming.
Separate computers tally voting data using commercial software that is not invulnerable to hacking or malicious code that could easily be added, accessed or hidden on any one of hundreds of voting memory cartridges transferring the voting data. While actual election fraud has yet to be proven, irregularities have prompted a number of states and counties to return to paper ballot voting systems for cost savings, reliability and security.
Election integrity begins and ends with paper ballots that are physically cast and secured, but transparently counted – and recounted as needed. Voting on paper is the inexpensive, reliable way to run a democratic election anywhere on the planet.
Trust but Verify
It is not an exaggeration to say that Direct Recording Electronic voting machines are the antichrist of election integrity. Action is required before November 2008, or it may be too late. Democracy in America is damned if DRE voting machines are not banned.