Ensuring a clean election

Letters to the Editor
The Washington Times: Editorials/OP-ED - July 02, 2004


    It's heartening to read that accuracy and security are the goals of the Maryland State Board of Elections ("Voting machine scrutiny urged," Nation, Wednesday). I hope to read similar reports from all states and territories.

    However, I don't see how we can trust the vote unless each vote that is cast by computer is also printed out onto a paper ballot that the voter double-checks and places in a secure box.

    I don't think we can hope to replace paper ballots with computers and ever be sure a computer operator hasn't fiddled with the count, but we can hope for a clean election if we use both systems. It may cost a little more, but peace of mind is well worth the expense.