Fear of Voting Machines Spreads

Susan Hall

As voters turn out for the New Hampshire primary, there's no squabbling about the use of electronic voting machines. The 450,000 to 500,000 expected to turn out all will use paper ballots, according to a Computerworld piece examining the dilemma in many states over whether e-voting should be allowed.


Optical scanning machines will read about 75 percent of the paper ballots in New Hampshire, while another 25 percent of paper ballots will be counted by hand. Visually impaired and other disabled voters can vote using a telephone keypad-based system.


Meanwhile, a veteran group of hackers in Germany has filed a lawsuit to fight the use of electronic voting machines in local elections this month, reports The Register.


According to Chaos Computer Club:

Recourse to the court has become necessary since the Hesse state government evidently does not have the required expert knowledge to understand the technical security and transparency flaws of the voting machines, nor the will to act accordingly.

It says 45,000 people have signed its petitions opposing the machines.

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