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Wired: A Vote for Less Tech at the Polls

Nov 21, 2002, 07:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joanna Glasner)

" Critics of so-called direct recording electronic, or DRE, voting machines, most of which employ touch screens, are particularly concerned about the lack of a paper trail. Although the most widely used DRE machines can at day's end print out at a record of ballots cast, detractors say this is insufficient.

"Because of the potential for memory glitches or even possible tampering, critics such as Neumann advocate printing a paper record that voters can examine immediately after casting their votes.

"A second concern is the voting machine companies' proprietary control over the software that runs on their systems. Although companies are required to allow election authorities to inspect their software, the code is not open source and therefore not open to public inspection..."

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