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Comment Re:What's needed now (Score 0, Insightful) 341

You cannot blame congress for this one. Voting systems, or even voting methods, are not federally mandated because this is NOT a function of the federal government. Article 2, section 1 of the constitution reads: "Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors..." In other words, the framers ducked the issue! As a result, 50 states are free to "in such a" the voting for their electoral college representatives. Which means that there is no way to legislatively mandate VVPAT or any other technology, for what is interpreted as a "states rights" issue.

Secondly, there is no trick to creating security voting systems--but there is also little profit. This is a tiny, tiny marketplace, with a tiny profit margin, in which no one (vendor, official, or citizen) really wants to pay the high costs of security--be it better systems, better proceedures, or better wages for voting judges. Who else but the retired have the time or desire to spend working a polling site for minimum wage? Who would pay for a bonded courier to get the pieces delivered to and from the site in a guaranteed tamper-proof process? Who would pay to develop for a completely open code, if they could not guarantee a profit? And who should pay the lab costs for the review and certification of the open code, to ensure that it meets necessary standardss?

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