The Perils of Polling

Electronic voting may avert a repeat of the 2000 Florida debacle, but it also creates new problems

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Eye Of The Storm? In the wake of the 2000 U.S. presidential election, Florida’s counties turned to electronic voting. Here, Miami voters use new machines made by Election Systems and Software in the November 2002 general election.
Photo: Vincent Laforet/The New York Times

This November, people all over the United States will cast ballots using methods that span centuries of technological development. In fact, in this technologically advanced country, more than half of the voters will mark their choices by hand on paper ballots, just as their great-great-great-grandparents may have done.

But for the first time in history, more than 25 percent of U.S. ballots will be cast using equipment that directly records votes only on electronic media, such as chips, cartridges, or disks, with no paper or other tangible form of backup. That’s nearly triple the number of electronic votes in 2000. Twenty-five years in the making, electronic voting is finally being widely adopted in the United States.

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