Re-Booting the Ballot Box

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the voting booth, along comes, what some people are calling, an even greater threat to democracy than Katherine Harris and her collection of chads. Washington has offered up the Help America Vote Act, with money that’s supposed to help states make the shift to a foolproof and secure world of touch screen voting. But states that have embraced this technology are already in trouble. There are many complaints about electronic malfunctions and even darker accusations of misconduct by one of the nation’s leading voting machine manufacturers. Some voters claim the touch screens are open to manipulation and stolen elections. Never mind the candidates, it’s far from certain that voters will even accept this new voting hardware.


David Dill, Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University and founder of

Doug Chapin, Director of

Dan Tokaji, La w Professor at Ohio State University

Ted Selker, Co-director of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, Professor, MIT Media Lab