More on Paperless Voting Machines

The Washington Post reports here that the policymaking panel at the National Institute of Standards and Technology has rejected the recommendations of its internal experts (noted here), voting against guidelines requiring electronic voting machines to have a software-independent audit trail. According to the Post, five states use such paperless machines exclusively and 11 more use them in some locations.

Update: The next day, however, the panel passed a compromise that followed the original recommendation but grandfathered existing machines. (Thanks to Jim Graves for pointing out the next chapter in this twisty story.)

It seems that we are finally recognizing the problems inherent in e-voting. But because of the huge quantity of money that has already been spent on deficient systems, solutions to problems may be prospective only. As a result, many of the jurisdictions that were the quickest to adopt high-tech voting machines will be stuck with problems the longest!

One Response to “More on Paperless Voting Machines”

  1. That’s only half the story. The next day, the TGDC unanimously approved a revised version that included grandfathering of existing machines.