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The Impact of an HR 811 Amendment to Ban Electronic Ballots
No disadvantages. Lots of advantages.
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The amendment WILL NOT:

increase the number of jurisdictions that have to update their equipment under HR 811,

nor diminish HR 811's accessibility requirements for people with disabilities or language needs,

nor increase the appropriations required for HR 811 or the costs incurred by the states,

nor delay election results,

nor increase the work of election directors. On the contrary, some New Mexico clerks even said that after they eliminated electronic ballots, they had the smoothest election ever.

The amendment WILL: (skip to the most important)

simplify poll worker training and enable people who aren't computer experts to work effectively at the polls. With over half a million poll workers in the field on election day, we can't require all of them to be computer experts,

prevent ethnic profiling from being accomplished INSIDE the voting booth by machines that require a voter to choose their language,

help prevent long lines at polling places,

prevent another Sarasota. If something goes wrong in an election and it will we will be able to find out the cause of the problem,

eliminate vote-flipping, where a voter's selection changes on the screen before their very eyes,

allow elderly voters and others who are not computer savvy to vote in a way that makes sense to them and doesn't cause anxiety or embarrassment,

reduce the need for vendor technicians to solve problems in the field on election day,

simplify the testing and certification process managed by the EAC,

reduce the operating costs of election offices across the country,

allow implementation of HR 811 by 2008 because the necessary technology is already available, rather than not yet invented,

... and the most important ones...

allow every voter to verify the ballot that is counted, rather than merely verifying a screen or paper representation of their ballot, which may or may not match the one that counts,

enable voters to know that their votes were recorded as they intended,

increase voter confidence in election results by enabling meaningful observation of ballot handling and counting,

allow audits on questionable elections to be conducted by ordinary citizens, rather than requiring formal studies by teams of computer technology experts,

and restore simplicity to our elections.

Last updated, March 19, 2007

An electronic ballot is a secret
from the voter who cast it!
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