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What, us worry? Paper trails key to Montana elections success

October 3, 2006View for printing

There’s a good reason Montana hasn’t been swallowed up in the election scandals that have wracked states like Florida and Ohio, and it revolves around the resistance of Montanan officials and their constituents to buy into electronic answers. We’ve insisted on paper ballots and hand recounts at a time when many others are staking their elections—and by extension, their democracies—on machines that have proven only too prone to tampering, or less dastardly but equally disastrous, digital errors.

by Jessie McQuillan

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Less than two months before voters head to the polls, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. of Maryland this week became the most recent official to raise concerns publicly. Mr. Ehrlich, a Republican, said he lacked confidence in the state’s new $106 million electronic voting system and suggested a return to paper ballots.

Dozens of states have adopted electronic voting technology to comply with federal legislation in 2002 intended to phase out old-fashioned lever and punch-card machines after the “hanging chads” confusion of the 2000 presidential election.

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