Thursday, March 11, 2004
As the nation approaches its first presidential election since the controversial Florida count gave George W. Bush the White House, debate is heating up in the Philadelphia area over the security and accuracy of electronic-voting machines.
This time, about 43 million voters - more than a third of those expected to vote - will make their selections via electronics.
Swirling around the machines is the issue of trust - or lack of it.
Because computer software controls the voting machines, some worry that an election could be rigged by the few insiders with access to the software, or by outsiders who hack their way in. Discovery could be difficult.
Advocates say electronic voting is more efficient than lever machines or chad punchers, with tallies less subject to human errors.
In California, two state lawmakers said they would ask Secretary of State Kevin Shelley to ban the use of touch-screen voting machines in the November ballot.
- Linda K. Harris, Philadelphia Inquirer
and Elise Ackerman, San Jose Mercury News
posted by Ellen Dunkel at 10:12 AM
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