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Friday, January 25, 2008

Bleeding Heartland: Adopt Mike Mauro's plan for paper ballots

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Secretary of State Mike Mauro wants every precinct in Iowa to have an
optical scanner that reads paper ballots. Legislators should listen to
him, even though the plan would cost $9.7 million, according to the
Des Moines Register. A new state law says there has to be a paper
trail, leading some to call for retrofitting touchscreen machines with
windows that would let voters view a "receipt" to confirm their votes.
This "verified paper audit trail" would cost about $2 million to put
in place, but I'm with Representative Pam Jochum of Dubuque, who says
it would be a "total waste of money" to retrofit touchscreen voting


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