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SoCalDemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-03-04 01:01 AM
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Some research turned this up. Wisconsin tried to pass an initiative to get paper trails on their evoting systems, but it was defeated by the state Senate in August. As a result...


Kerry lead is 6% in exit polling.

Actual results however show Bush ahead by 1%, an unexplained difference of 7%.


Wisconsin election laws do not require the use of a paper ballot, but electronic voting machines currently in use are limited to optical scan equipment, such as the type used in Brown County.

A bill that would ban paperless touch-screen voting in Wisconsin was introduced in the last legislative session by Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Milwaukee, and Sen. Jeff Plale, D-Milwaukee. Sen. Alan Lasee, R-Rockland, was a co-sponsor.

The measure, which passed the Assembly as a committee bill, died on the floor of the Senate.

That is unfortunate. As Pocan and Plale pointed out when they introduced the legislation, concerns about system security and the potential for electronic vote rigging go hand-in-hand with worries about the lack of a paper trail.

A new special-interest group, the Verified Voting Foundation (verified, lists scores of computer science professors around the country who have gone on record against the paperless voting machines because they seem to have weak protections against tampering.

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