Des Moines Register political columnist David Yepsen has adopted the views of Iowans for Voting Integrity, saying today in his column that the newly elected Democrats “need to follow their party platform and mandate a ‘voter-verified paper audit trail’ for Iowa ballots.”
And to get a really good system, Yepsen’s ready to buy out all the touchscreens in the counties that use touchscreens exclusively:
Getting all Iowans to vote the same way would mean 19 counties will have to scrap their new high-tech machines. Perhaps the state can help defray the cost of replacement scanners.
It would be worth the expense to restore public confidence in our elections, especially in a state like Iowa, where so many important elections are decided by narrow margins.
Yepsen cites the 18,000 missing votes in a Florida congressional race in his case against paperless voting.