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Expert gives Congress solution to vote machine cyber-security fears: Keep a paper backup

bazza Silver badge

Going part way as you suggest - paper but machine countable - is a plausible option.

However the benefit of manually counted paper votes is that the result is harder to argue about, gives stronger attestation of the result. If a machine count were contested you'd then have to manually count it; that takes a lot of organisation and time to do if unprepared which is likely unacceptable in such circumstances. May as well be prepared, so why not do a manual count in the first instance...

At the end of the day it's all about perceptions. It maybe acceptable to a population simply to know that there is a permanent paper record and that a manual count could be done if required and individuals can verify that the vote they cast is recorded on their piece of paper. Personally speaking I'd be very interested in the design of the counting machine, because that's the place where something nefarious would be attempted.

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