[E-voting] Lobby for paper ballots in North Carolina

Catherine Ansbro cansbro at eircom.net
Thu May 5 02:50:32 IST 2005


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Wednesday, May 4, 2005

*Wednesday at the General Assembly*



Associated Press

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*Paper back-up ballots*



_ A group of citizens, technology experts and lawmakers lobbied on 
behalf of legislation to require paper records from all voting machines 
used in North Carolina. Bills before House and Senate committees would 
require the backup paper ballots, allow elections officials to review 
source coding on electronic voting systems, and take other steps to 
guarantee that all votes are accurately counted. The proposals arose 
after problems with voting across the state last fall led to delayed 
results in a number of races, including the still-unresolved race for 
state superintendent of public instruction. Members of the N.C. 
Coalition for Verified Voting urged lawmakers to pass the bills, saying 
the technology of electronic voting is still developing and not yet 
reliable enough to eliminate some sort of fallback record-keeping. Rep. 
Verla Insko, D-Orange, said she believes chances for passage of the 
House bill she sponsored are good. Lawmakers, she said "are very 
familiar with technology failures."

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