Federal Judge Mandates Paper Ballots, Citing 'Real Danger' Pennsylvania Voting Machines Will Fail

From the story: A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that because there is a "real danger" that a significant number of voting machines will fail in Pennsylvania on Election Day, emergency paper ballots must be available if at least 50 percent of the state's electronic voting machines in each polling place break down.

"The right to vote is at the foundation of our constitutional form of government," U.S. District Court Judge Harvey Bartle III wrote, "Protection of this right under the circumstances presented here is without question in the public interest."

Pedro Cortes, the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, had argued that local election officials should distribute paper ballots to eligible voters only if all of the electronic voting machines in a polling place become inoperable. In court papers he argued that mandating the paper ballots if half of the machines broke down would cause a burden to election workers so close to the election and that it would be difficult to safeguard the integrity of the polling place with the paper ballots. Read more….

I agree that a paper backup is a good idea. But many of these same people are also pushing for a paper receipt given to the voter showing their voting selections. This is a bad idea, enabling many to “sell” their vote based on their “receipt”.

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