Three Monkeys, Three Typewriters, Two Days

March 2, 2004

Electronic voting

Joe writes about his electronic voting experience and echos what a lot of people have been saying lately—that a paper trail would make him much more confident in the voting procedure.

Perhaps a way to do that is to stick with the punch ballots but have the voting machine itself punch the ballot for you based on what options you selected (in addition to electronically recording the vote). The idea is that recounts could be done either by hand or by punch-card-counting machines (and there should be no hanging chad issues, if the card was automatically punched and the punching machine is designed at all well).

In fact, with this system you could do both counts—the electronic count and the punch card count; preferably using machines from different (and unaffiliated) manufacturers. If there's a discrepancy, hand counting comes in (though chances are this will just introduce even more of a discrepancy).

Posted by bzbarsky at March 2, 2004 7:11 PM