Death Knell For Paperless Ballots

Paperless touchscreen voting machines may have come to the end of their road. Next week a panel at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will vote to end certification of them, if they adopt this paper.

A full news story is here.

The effect of the NIST ruling will be to amend the federal voluntary voting system guidelines (VVSG) two years hence. Iowa code limits our voting machines to those approved by the VVSG. So the bottom line is: no more paperless touchscreens. Yippee!!

Currently most Iowa precincts have at least one such contraption. We won’t have to scrap what we already have, but we won’t be able to buy any more of the paperless variety.

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