Monday, September 19, 2005

Carter-Baker commission recommends paper trail

Today the Commission on Federal Election Reform released its report and recommendations for building public confidence in U.S. elections. The commission, co-chaired by former president Jimmy Carter and former secretary of state James Baker, includes members with backgrounds in a range of fields, such as elections, journalism, academia, and politicans from both major political parties.

The commission's recommendations include one of major significance: that Congress pass a law to require all voting machines be equipped with a voter-verifiable paper audit trail for recounts, backups and testing of voting machine accuracy. California has already enacted a law to require voter verified paper audit trails; if Governor Schwarzenegger signs SB 370/Bowen, California will again move to the forefront of voting technology reform, achieving a meaningful public test of voting machine accuracy as recommended by the Carter-Baker commission.

The commission's report features a chapter on voting technology, which includes sections on voting machine security, audits, voting system security, and Internet voting. See the Associated Press story and the commission's news page for more coverage of the report.

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