Tuesday, Dec 5, 2006, 12:18 am
Advisory Panel Says Verifiable Elections Are Too Hard
A federal advisory panel rejected a recommendation on Monday that states use just voting machines whose results could be independently verified.
The panel, drafting guidelines for the United States Election Assistance Commission, deadlocked, 6 to 6, on a proposal that would have required electronic machines to produce paper records or other independent means of checking results. Eight votes were needed to pass the recommendation.
Some opponents of the proposal said that they supported paper records but that the requirement could overwhelm state election boards.