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February 16, 2020

2/11/2020 1:26:00 PM
Let's slow down on using voting technology


     I've been sitting here this morning watching the flap over the vote count in the Iowa Democratic primary.  Last night I watched as several of the candidates went on television to announce how well the had done and some announcing they were winners.  As of this morning I can definitely say who the loser was.  It was the idea of electronic voting.

     Phone glitches, app glitches, computer glitches - you name the electronic device and there was a glitch involved in this continued counting, and this is in only one state.  Now imagine trying to run a national election with 50 states and various territories trying to electronically count, tabulate, and announce who won.  A complete nightmare.

     Many states use paper ballots to count the vote, then a electronic system for forwarding the votes.  The electronics is still in there but there is a paper ballot kept in case of questions or a recount.  Still not a perfect system, but better than electronics alone or even the possibility of "hanging chad."  (Younger voters may want to Google this for background).

     Technology is great, but trying to move on it too fast is bad.  Imagine the hacking that would be going on if we only used electronics.  There are already too many willing to complain they lost for a variety of reasons.  Let's not throw another one on top of the pile.


Phil Montgomery


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