Come November and the voters of California “will not be using electronic voting machines”:http://weblog.siliconvalley.com/column/dangillmor/archives/010327.shtml to elect the next President of United States.
bq. Two weeks ago, California’s secretary of State banned or restricted the use of state-of-the art electronic voting machines purchased by 14 counties because of computer malfunctions and concerns about the installation of unapproved software. More than 20 other states are considering paper-backup requirements for touch-screen machines or are slowing plans to buy high-tech voting equipment because of worries about similar glitches. [USA Today: “High Tech hiccups ignored”:http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2004-05-13-our-view_x.htm]
Here is a suggestion. Why not outsource the elections to India ? Recently India held the “largest democratic exercise”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3704313.stm in the world when “Electronic Voting Machines”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/3493474.stm were used all over the nation. One million EVMs, designed and built in India were used successfully and the results were announced in one day. No hanging or pregnant chads.