Our democratic form of government relies on the accuracy of our elections, but how reliable are they? What are the dangers of the technologies we are using? In a fascinating new book Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?, Douglas Jones and Barbara Simons take readers on a journey through historical issues with voting technologies to modern day issues and the finally ending with recommendations for today.
Whether you are Democrat, Republican, Independent or a member of another party, the integrity of the process is critical. As elections are now decided by a smaller and smaller number of votes, the perfection we expect will perhaps be scrutinized like never before.
My interview with Barbara Simons:
Your book Broken Ballots is a comprehensive review of the process of counting votes. It begins with a sweeping view of the use of ballot technology.
I was fascinated to read so many examples of election issues throughout our nation’s history. Share with us one or two of the more memorable events you outlined in the book.
Unfortunately, there are many examples of machine melt-downs and failures to choose from. Two that I think are illustrative of the problems of paperless voting occurred in Cartaret County, NC in 2004 and Sarasota, FL in 2006.