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Voting Trials and Paper Trails

Voting Trials and Paper Trails

Efforts to eliminate ballot printing from the voting process fall flat. Why? Because all legitimate business and government dealings need a paper trail. There's something special about paper, and I'm not saying that just because I work in the printing industry. Paper proves things, it makes contracts legitimate, and in a world of ever-shifting digitized information, it can be an anchor, just as it was when it was first invented and it played a major role in anchoring the human mind to the written word. The other day, I was getting my car insured, and I was amazed by the amount of paperwork still involved. My insurance agent laughed at my surprise and told me that since they've started doing everything on computers, the amount of paperwork has only grown. This got me thinking about how we can possibly hold legitimate federal elections using only digital information. If that was really a foolproof medium, couldn't we all just vote online? […]

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