Tuesday, March 15, 2005

West Virginia Secretary of State backs optical scanners

Betty Ireland, West Virginia's Secretary of State, announced she is backing the implementation of optical scan voting machines. According to a March 14 Associated Press story by Erik Schelzig, Ireland is recommending optical scanner systems because "one, they comply with federal requirements; two, they keep a paper trail; and three, they're affordable."

Thankfully more and more elections officials across the country are realizing that paper-based voting systems not only provide more security, but are also more economical than electronic systems.

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