Sunday, July 11, 2004

Gimme a Pencil

From the Sun-Sentinel:

Florida’s relatively new touch-screen voting machines, touted as a solution to the state’s 2000 presidential election meltdown, didn’t perform as well as machines that use an older technology during a statewide election earlier this year, according to a South Florida Sun-Sentinel analysis.

Records from the March 9 Democratic presidential primary show that votes were not recorded for one out of 100 voters using the new ATM-style machines. That’s at least eight times more than the number of flawed votes cast in the same election with pencil marks on paper ballots tallied by an optical scanner.

Of course, even if we went back to pencils and paper ballots, it doesn’t mean everyone will get to vote. As the following post illustrates, the state can’t even make up its mind as to who to allow to vote, never mind how.