We’re being prepared for another exciting election in Florida:
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – A computer crash that forced a pre-election test of electronic voting machines to be postponed was trumpeted by critics as proof of the balloting technology’s unreliability.
The incident in Palm Beach County – which is infamous for its hanging and pregnant chads during the 2000 presidential election – did not directly involve the touch-screen terminals on which nearly one in three U.S. voters will cast ballots on Election Day.
But critics of the ATM-like machines said it proved how fickle any computer-based voting system can be and highlighted the need for touch-screens to produce paper records.
Here’s an idea: Punch the cards all the way through!