Vote Yourself: Paper or Plastic?

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Looks like we shouldn't have gone through all the trouble, however. Only 810 of more than 200,000 ballots cast in Franklin County were on paper, according to unofficial results published in The Dispatch. [Full story] Statewide totals were not available.

I'm glad we also hyped the absentee voting process. As of Thursday, 87,308 absentee ballots were cast by Franklin County voters. Voters could do so with a mail-in paper ballot or in person using an electronic machine at the board of elections. About 6,769 people cast ballots in person. I suspect this method will be even more popular in November, when the ballot could be much longer.

She is asking the state legislature for $64 million to overhaul the current touch-screen system.

On one hand, if no one fears electronic, touch-screen voting, then why should we change the system? If it has the public faith, shouldn't Brunner spend money to enforce regulations ensuring that the electronic system is as safe as people believe it to be?

On the other, Brunner is an elections expert who should be making the best decisions for voters who entrust her office to make wise judgements. If she continues pushing paper, she has an even tougher job in the next several months.

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