Does Neatness Demand Electronic Voting?

November 20, 2008 at 7:24 pm | Posted in Office of the President, Voting Rights | Leave a comment
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Interior of the firehouse where citizens are voting in the national presidental election, Arlington, Virginia, November 7, 1944

Interior of the firehouse where citizens are voting in the national presidental election, Arlington, Virginia, November 7, 1944

Minnesota Public Radio has some of the challenged ballots up at their website. Readers can look at them and vote as to what they think the voter’s intent was, or if the ballot should be rejected.

People sure do funny things sometimes in that voting booth.

The question is posed as to whether problems with hand-marked ballots “make the case” for electronic voting.

I say nay.

Electronic voting, in my opinion, is open to more egregious, and undetectable, problems.

Ballots which are rejected because someone got ink on their finger and transferred their print onto the ballot, or because someone failed to mark their ballot in the manner in which it was designed, are only a problem because they are untidy.

Democracy is a messy business. Should we abandon it on that basis?

Again, I say nay.

(Photography courtesy of The library of Congress)

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