By John Gideon on 4/4/2007, 8:00pm PT  

As recently as October of 2004, the first voter verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) printer was qualified for use on Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machines used in this country. These printers came about due to the insistence of the voters that there be a means of auditing elections. However, even in that short time, we have found that the printers often do not work as we expected them to. The printers have proven to be a placebo rather than a reliable tool. In fact the printers fail as often as the DREs they are mounted on and because of those failures they cannot be relied upon to produce ballot printouts to be used for audits.

It is clear that VVPAT printers don’t serve their purpose. Why were there problems in Cuyahoga Co.? Why didn’t the voters notice that their votes were not being recorded on the VVPAT’s? That’s the problem. Voters tend not to look at the VVPAT tapes for a number of reasons. A new, improved VVPAT printer will be no different and if the voter doesn’t verify the paper audit trail the paper audit trail may be worthless. The answer is to use only voter marked paper ballots and ban the use of electronically marked electronic ballots that unverifiable because no one can review internal data inside a computer.

Note: There are many handy items that you can use to learn more about the danger of DRE voting machines and why they should be banned here: http://www.votersunite.o...11AmendmentResources.asp

Links to many more voting stories from today follow below...

  • INternational: France Fears American-Style 'Kafkaesque Balloting' on New Electronic Voting Machines LINK
  • INternational: France - Opposition to Electronic Voting System Grows in France LINK
  • CA: Time for closer scrutiny on e-voting LINK
  • CA: Monterey County - Why Nobody Should Ever Have to Trust an Elections Official: Tony Anchundo Reports to Jail LINK
  • CA: San Mateo County - Elections may prove to be very expensive
    Additional primary, changes to voting machines could mean more work, increased costs LINK
  • CO: Lawmakers consider permanent mail-in ballots LINK
  • CO: Routt County election fix ordered LINK
  • FL: Opinion - Our view: Truth in voting
    Paper trail for Florida's election process shouldn't be a partisan issue LINK
  • IA: Same-day voter registration on the way LINK
  • IN: Delaware County voting system passes early test LINK
  • IN: Randolph County prepares for primary election LINK
  • MN: Report of Minnesota's Post Election Audit Released LINK
  • OH: Secretary of state blames predecessor for office's shortfall LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County - Secretary of state pulls plug on Bennett
    Election board chief violated policy, according to Brunner LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County - Bob Bennett, Ohio GOP Head and Last Holdout on Cuyahoga County Election Board, Suspended by Brunner LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County election board chairman is suspended LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County - Judge: Elections board member must face removal hearing LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County - Secretary of state pulls plug on Bennett
    Election board chief violated policy, according to Brunner LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County - Action in Ohio elections battle escalates LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County - Brunner suspends Cleveland elections official LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County Board Of Elections Battle In Court LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County - Judge refuses to halt proceedings to remove Cuyahoga election official LINK
  • OH: Cuyahoga County - Bennett loses a round; swings back at Brunner LINK
  • PA: Lackawanna County - E-voting still faces hurdles, glitches LINK
  • VA: Voting-machine clash looms LINK
  • WI: Burlington - Town of Burlington chairman results in question LINK
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