Optical scanning ballots are the way to go. You still have a paper ballot marked with a pen, but they can be counted quickly. The machine spits out double votes on the spot so the voter can get a new ballot if he makes a mistake.
If needed, they can be counted by hand like any paper ballot.
...and no hanging chads.
How about this. All voter rolls across the country are purged. Everypne has to reregister to vote. No political parties. Everyone is an independent. How you vote is your business. The candidates can call themselves anything they like, rep, dem, lib, conservative, socialist, whatever.
In the end, it comes down to a purple finger. Fingers get counted, one with the most wins.
That’s what we have used for several years now in my county in Ohio. I think they should have them nationwide.
That's what we have now. In 2000/2004 we had the punch card ballots. My machine was so full of chads my ballot wouldn't go all the way in.
Exactly. We learned in the endless lawsuits of 2000, that optical scanning was the most accurate of all the methods available. It’d dead simple and one reason I vote absentee in CA. I do not trust ATM-style “electronic voting” one iota.
Why is this so hard for those in charge of choosing voting machines to understand?
Is it because they WANT voting to be difficult or easily compromised? Are they just stupid? Did they take bribes from the manufacturers? WHAT? Why do they go out of their way to make it difficult and easy to compromise?