Return to Paper Trail Reflects Trend

Friday, March 10, 2006

The Maryland House's unanimous vote to return to optical scan voting machines reflects a national shift favoring voting methods that leave a paper trail. Optical scanning requires voters to mark a paper ballot, which is then read by an optical scanner and dropped into a metal ballot bin.

· More than two dozen states now require some form of vote verification.

· Maryland was one of three states to quickly embrace electronic machines after the 2000 presidential election, along with Georgia and Florida.

· This will be the third voting system for Montgomery County since 2000 if the state votes against touch-screen machines.

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