Maryland advocates of paper records for electronic voting machines are renewing their campaign after a report last month from a federal election reform panel recommended receipts to alleviate voting security concerns.
Critics of the Maryland State Board of Elections were buoyed by federal election reform recommendations released by the Carter-Baker commission — named for its leaders, former President Jimmy Carter (D) and former Secretary of State James Baker III (R) — and by the unexpected softening of two former opponents toward voter-verified paper records.
‘‘Voting machines must be both accessible and transparent,” the Carter-Baker report said, adding that direct recording electronic machines, the kind Maryland uses, usually do not allow voters to check if their ballot was recorded correctly. Some can’t be used for an independent recount, it said.
If a voting machine's paper trail does not allow for a recount, what on earth use is it?