Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
"A lot of people used to think this [paper trail] would solve the integrity problems with electronic voting machines (DREs). However, they are really poorly made, costly, and don't work as expected. As an example, in one election in Cayahoga County (Cleveland), over 10% of the paper trails were either lost of jammed or otherwise could not be used. And research has showed that most voters don't look at them. Also, research shows DREs with many more undervotes than optical scan... DREs with paper trails work so badly that I don't know anyone who favors them anymore. Some people say they'd rather have a DRE with a paper trail than a paperless DRE, but they also say they'd rather have optical scan than DRE with paper trail... So my answer is that DREs with or without paper trails should be banned."
Experts Election officials, people with post-graduate degrees in a computer or political science, JD's, Members of Congress, or elected officials with significant involvement in, or related to, electronic voting machine issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Former Programmer/Analyst at U.C. Berkeley
Webmaster, Election Reform/Protection Web Site
Member, Democracy for America Meet-up Group
Member, East Bay for Democracy! Meet-up Group
Certificate, Information Technology Security, SysAdmin-Audit-Network-Security Institute (Sans)