Last updated on: 9/6/2007 | Author:

Jerry Berkman Biography

Former Programmer/Analyst
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.”

Email to, July 19, 2007

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)
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?
  2. Should Electronic Voting Machines Have Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails?