Any Iowa voter can use paper ballots at the polling place on November 7, even in counties that do not offer them to voters. That is according to Deputy Secretary of State Charlie Krogmeier.
All polls have on hand some paper ballots in case there is a machine failure or for use as provisional ballots by citizens whose voter registration is in doubt. ANY VOTER can ask to use those paper ballots.
Krogmeier told Iowans for Voting Integrity president Carole Simmons that
While we have intsructed Auditors to tell their precinct election officials that any voter may use one if they ask, we are not “advertising” this . . .
I’ll bet not. The case against touchscreen voting is getting so much press, officials probably fear they’ll cause a stampede if they hint that alternatives might be advisable.
I’m under no such constraints. I’m positive alternatives are advisable. Since the legislature failed last March to require a paper trail, it is time to blaze the trail at the grassroots.
If you live in one of the touchscreen counties and plan on voting at the polls, feel free to ask for a paper ballot.
I imagine this will cause considerable consternation at your polling place, but no one ever said it would be easy to get our paper trail!
Just be sure not to clog up the polling place with your insistance on using paper. Don’t deprive other voters of their opportunity while you quietly insist that you can use the ballots that are right there within reach.
And consider two caveats:
One–At the close of voting your paper ballot may be copied into the touchscreen terminal anyway. The touchscreen is their adding machine and record keeper of choice. They may be better organized if they get all the votes on the same counter.
Don’t despair. You will have made your point.
Two–If you are the only obstreperous voter who demands a verifiable voting method, your votes will become known to the pollworkers who enter your ballot into the touchscreen at 9 pm election night. If you plan to vote for any corrupt, curmudgeonly, torture-condoning candidates, you may not want it to be revealed in this way.
But if you are like me, having stickers on your car and signs in your yard, and planning to vote only for the lesser of two evils or for visionary, good government candidates, then why worry if the pollworkers know what you have done?
THIS IS A TREMENDOUS STEP FORWARD, imho. It’s not the holy grail of a completely audited election, of course. It is a baseline. Every Iowan can now have a paper trail for his/her own ballot. And everyone who creates that trail sends a message to the legislature and the local auditor about how we want elections to be conducted.
Be sure to do it if you live in the the pink counties on this map.