- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)7
- Japanese restaurant up and running; owner surprised by fondness of sushi here (2/24/17)
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)18
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)48
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Annual father-daughter dance provides some fun bonding time (2/19/17)1
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)13
Problems with electronic voting
The constitution of the "Show Me State" clearly says that all elections must be "open." So how is it that a committee of the Missouri House is now discussing ways to help counties buy new electronic voting machines -- one of most nontransparent forms of voting that one could imagine?
Electronic voting machines operate with secret, proprietary software while providing no possibility for any real auditing of election results by either election authorities or citizens. Your guess is as good as mine as to whether they ever record the votes correctly.
Instead of scrambling to find funds to purchase the newest generation of this abomination, the committee should be looking to the paper ballot alternative. With hand-marked paper ballots, the voter's intentions can actually be read by the human eye for audit or recount purposes.
In addition to their lack of audit capability, electronic voting machines are expensive. Finding the funds needed to conduct elections with paper ballots for all would be easier, and the end result would be much more compatible with our constitutional right in Missouri to election transparency.
DAVID A LARSON, Jackson