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Currently, fourteen states use some form of Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) Touchscreen voting machines that provide no paper ballot at all.  

The addition of a flimsy and poorly designed “Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail” (VVPAT) to some of the Touchscreen machines has failed to provide the same security and proof of voter intent as a true paper ballot.

In states where paper ballots are still used, they are counted by Optical Scanners. These are computers which are programmed – just like the DRE machines – by private companies using software off limits to public inspection. These scanners are also vulnerable to both fraud and error, and therefore must be checked against a robust, public manual audit of the paper ballots on election night.

While using paper may sound antiquated, the consensus among election security experts is that nothing else provides the needed reliability, security, and transparency. Durable, voter marked paper ballots are appropriate technology for public elections.

  • Hand Counted Paper Ballots are considered the “Gold Standard” of democratic elections
  • Only paper ballots provide physical proof of the voter’s intent
  • Paper ballots can be safely recounted in case of a contested result
  • Counting paper ballots in public provides 100% oversight and transparency
  • Unlike computer voting systems:
     -paper ballots can’t break down or malfunction
    – paper ballots are not programmed secretly by unaccountable private corporations
    – paper ballots cannot be hacked or rigged


Stuffing ballot boxes and rigging elections on a large scale is possible, but it is hard work and easy to detect, whereas electronic voting allows the same crime to be committed with a stroke of a key, without detection.

It is possible to prevent paper ballot rigging through robust physical security measure which can minimize the risk and make it extremely likely that fraud would be detectable.

See-through ballot boxes are used world wide to prevent pre-election ballot box stuffing. Most important is a secure “chain of custody” of the ballots as they are moved from precincts to central counting locations. Where possible, counting the ballots at the precinct before they are moved provides robust verification. Putting a live camera on the boxes as they travel is another form of appropriate technology in election security.

Full article https://www.electiondefense.org/paper-ballots

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