After the 2000 election when Al Gore tried but failed to steal the election based on “hanging chads” the federal government spent $3B converting dates from paper ballots to electronic voting machines. It turns out that was a bad investment, but then again what would you expect the federal government spending money.
In the aftermath of the conversion to electronic voting, fancy touchscreens in the ballot boxes, the number of things have occurred. The first is that state governments haven’t maintained the voting machines. I’m shocked! I sure that incumbents would want to make sure that vote counting was accurate.
Most states are pleading poverty when it comes to spending money to upgrade or update their electronic voting machines. Politicians would rather spend money on handouts to buy votes.
Then there’s the problem with tampering. Electronic voting machines are, well, electronic, and technology that was designed in 2000 can probably be cracked by a sixth-grader today. After all, hackers have no problem getting past the best security that Hillary Clinton could put on her homebrew email system – the one she kept in her bathroom in Chappaqua – or the Democratic National Committee’s email server. Why should we assume that a hacker couldn’t get past two decade old security in an electronic voting machine.
The bottom line is that this year about 70% of voters will be casting paper ballots. You’re in my home state of Arizona we’ve always used paper ballots. You mark your ballot with a pencil or a black pen and then it is run through a scanner. The ballot is counted and kept in a lockbox. The scanner keeps track of the actual vote tallies and if there’s a challenge you open the lockbox and you can count the votes by hand.
Electronic voting is simply an invitation for voter fraud, which is why Democrats like to the first place.
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