Many of the paperless computerized voting systems adopted in wake of the “hanging chad” presidential election controversy in 2000 have the potential to create more problems than they solve, especially since the recent discovery that a Diebold voting machine can be easily opened with a hotel mini bar key.

Election security expert Eugene Spafford thinks the new voting technology could cause a debacle reminiscent of the 2000 and 2004 elections. He says that we are “hurriedly and somewhat recklessly replac[ing] all of the [voting] equipment nationwide.” He worries about things like software that won’t count votes cast above a certain number or machines that reset to zero after a power failure.

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