- Man accused of setting fire to Delta bar; posted photos of it burning on Facebook (9/17/17)5
- Owner of Mary Jane Burgers & Brew in Perryville to open new culinary concept in Cape (9/15/17)3
- McClure man accused of leaving children in hot truck while gambling in casino (9/19/17)1
- New boutique store advocates for special-needs people (9/19/17)
- Retailer may come to Jackson; rezoning needed first (9/17/17)2
- Planet Fitness to anchor Town Plaza shopping center (9/18/17)2
- Mo. conservation agents help fight fires in western U.S. (9/15/17)
- Jury finds Harris guilty of murder, 3 other counts (9/15/17)4
- Former major-league slugger Darryl Strawberry to speak at La Croix (9/20/17)
- Young entrepreneurs add fresh ideas, unique offerings for area market (9/18/17)
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