Machines will reduce errors in voting
This November, it's good that a digital-savvy America will be choosing our president.
Direct-recording electronic machines, known as DRE machines, will be used more than any other election before it. Around 29.4 percent of Americans will be casting their votes electronically on Nov. 2, which is up from 12.2 percent in the controversial 2000 election.
Why such a dramatic jump in DRE machines in only a matter of years?
The 2000 election in Florida debacle made it abundantly clear the need for an increase in the alternative way of voting. For November the number of lever machines will decrease and the number of punchcard votes will decrease dramatically. These DRE machines are easier to
These DRE machines will dramatically reduce the number of voter-tally errors, and the accuracy of punch cards, paper ballots and lever machines will be put to shame.
The machines are so easy to use that even disabled Americans love them. Some are nervous about trusting their votes to machines, which can be hacked. However, there hasn't been a single case of vote tampering in the United States since electronic balloting was introduced two decades ago,
The most common error in U.S. elections is over-voting, but the DRE machines don't allow it because you can't more than one candidate in a race. Although they don't leave paper trails, DRE machines have a bevy of alternative ways to verify election results too.
Poorly trained poll workers and human error are the biggest factors for electronic voting "mishaps."
One of the most well-run elections in recent history was the Nevada primary with its use of paper receipts. Georgia has gone almost entirely electronic after seeing what happened in the 2000 election in Florida (which was decided by fewer than 500 votes). After it turned to the DRE machines, the number of ballots where a voter either failed to choose a candidate or the vote didn't show up on the ballot was under one percent.
For an America that is becoming more and more digitally savvy, electronic ballots represent the natural trend in accurate voting. These machines should be loved, not feared for their safety features and user accessibility.
Hopefully the phrase "hanging chad" will never have to be uttered again.