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Election officials getting ‘cold feet’ on electronic voting. Did a little birdie just tell these dolts that the fix is already in? (Raw Story):

Electronic voting machines are making many election officials wary, according to an article slated for the front page of Sunday’s edition of The New York Times, RAW STORY has learned.

“A growing number of state and local officials are getting cold feet about electronic voting technology, and many are making last-minute efforts to limit or reverse the rollout of new machines in the November elections,” reports Ian Urbina.

In my county we use the optical scanning system — that’s the paper ballot that requires you to connect two ends of an arrow with a black marker to indicate your choice. That ballot is then placed into a scanning machine that tallies it. New Mexico is moving to this system as a result of all sorts of problems with the electronic touch screen devices (NPR via BradBlog):

New Mexico has a new law mandating paper ballots, which are then electronically scanned and counted. Governor Bill Richardson pushed for the new law because New Mexico had all kinds of difficulties with touch screen equipment in 2004, making it one of the last states to report results.

Governor BILL RICHARDSON (New Mexico): We became one of the laughing stock states in the country because we had these technological machines that were not working, that in several counties were defective, were slow, were unreliable, and I basically said to myself I’m not going to go through this again. And I just think that the paper ballot system, as untechnical as it seems, is the most verifiable way we can assure Americans that they’re voting and their vote is counting.

What kind of system will you be using on election day?

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