The Unreliability Of Voting Machines

Over time, many voters have voiced their concern over the validity of voting machines. The State of Florida purchased thousands of voting machines in the months following the 2000 Presidential elections to prevent further incidents with hanging chads (Remember that election Dave and Brit, it was such a nightmare especially for you guys). Recently during early voting in Guilford County, North Carolina, Percy Bostick used a voting machine to cast his ballot for Democrat Kay Hagan in the State Senate Race. The machine’s paper roll printed out that Bostick had cast his ballot for Republican Thom Tillis. Taking the advice of a poll worker, Bostick attempted three more times to vote for Hagan. Though each time that he voted the paper printed out that he had cast his ballot for Tillis. Finally on the fourth attempt the machine registered a vote for Hagan.
At least these particular machines had a printer roll connected to them so you could confirm that the name of the person you voted for was the same as who the machine voted for.

Many voting machines do not have a paper roll or a display to confirm if the vote was counted by the machine for the intended politician. The voter may be left guessing if there is no way to confirm who the machine voted for. An Elections Director in North Carolina has taken many problematic voting machines offline for recalibration. Perhaps it is time to retire these troublesome machines, once and for all, and return to the paper ballot.

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