The search is on for new machines to replace Maryland’s touch screen voting system.
Political reporter Pat Warren reports the state is moving toward a paper trail.
Maryland voters raised a ruckus in 2004 after the state moved to electronic voting machines that eliminated paper ballots and still raises suspicions.
“We want every time you vote in Maryland, you get a receipt,” said one protester.
To avoid the fear of computers eating voters, the General Assembly set 2016 as the goal for instituting a paper ballot system and now it’s time to shop.
We still use paper ballots here in NC. You get your paper, you go to a little table, and you fill in the ovals with a pen on a rope. When you are done, you walk over and feed your paper into a machine that displays a count of the voters at that location for the day and you can watch the number go up as your ballot goes in. I assume it is like a scantron from when you were in grade school (if any of you used those) and it tallies votes, too, but I don’t know.
What I do know is the machine sounds exactly like the shredder I have under my desk. I’m just sayin’.
I kid. It’s not a shredder. It’s all good.