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Proposal requiring paper trail of all voting criticized

September 20, 2007

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— Some state leaders are decrying a congressional proposal that would require a paper trail for votes cast in next year's elections.

"This bill is overreaching and does not take into consideration the statutory requirements and deadlines that states have in place to administer and run elections," said Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh. He added that "federal legislation should not impede on state rights."

U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, blamed Democrats for trying "to force a one-size, Washington, D.C., solution down the throats of local governments for a problem that doesn't really exist."

But supporters of the bill say it is needed to restore confidence in U.S. elections that they said was shaken by the Florida recount in the 2000 presidential election.

House Resolution 811 would require that votes cast on electronic machines have a paper record that could be counted in the event of a close or disputed election.

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said Douglas County already has a paper trail in its elections. The ballots are marked on paper and then fed into an optical scanner to be recorded.

If there is a dispute, the paper ballots can be recounted, Shew said.

"At any point, I can re-create what happened in that election," he said.

But in the state's largest county, Johnson County, voters use touch-screen machines that do not have a paper trail.

County officials there say the cost to refit their machines with printers would be between $1 million and $2 million.

U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Lenexa, a co-sponsor of the voter legislation, has proposed postponing the changes until the federal government provides the funds needed to pay for them.

The measure would also require random audits of votes in close races.

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 3 months ago

Obviously, Republicans want voting systems that would allow them to tamper with them easily, which they have a history of doing.

cowboy 7 years, 3 months ago

I agree with Bozo , whoda thought that would ever happen , the elections are more and more looking like a South American event with the potential for fraud.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 3 months ago

Actually, South American elections are much cleaner than ours these days.

Mkh 7 years, 3 months ago

LJW,

Please print the names of all representatives who are currently opposing this legislation. Anyone who comes out against this legislation in anyway should be immediately forced to resign. Voting machines shouldn't be allowed in my opinion, but a paper trail must be demanded by the voters.

ndmoderate 7 years, 3 months ago

What's so hard about having the machine be able to print out a "receipt" of each vote? Cash registers do it all the time.

imastinker 7 years, 3 months ago

Bozo -

Don't be so self righteous. Both sides have plenty of history with this particular subject. Democrats have no leg to stand on here if they want to take the high road.

monkeyhawk 7 years, 3 months ago

Are the same people who want the "paper trail" against producing identification prior to voting?

jmadison 7 years, 3 months ago

A federal judge in Georgia has upheld picture ID to vote.

BigDog 7 years, 3 months ago

Didn't the paper trail in Florida cause the problem of people not trusting the elections.... well that and the crappily Democratic-designed ballot.

Heck in areas all over the country, elections happen using paper ballots without people receiving receipts ........ who says that they are accurately counted or not changed. I guess I could request a copy of my ballot ...... hmmmmmmm

So now what is it that a paper receipt guarantees again?

And will that paper receipt calm the tin foil hat crowd?

Mkh 7 years, 3 months ago

Will the goernment sheep ever get tired of using the prase "tin foil hat" without making a point?

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