Being an IT guy I really like using the touch voting machines, today I see that I am urged to NOT use the touch machines but to use the electronically scanned ballot.... HELLLOOO, isn't this the dark ages?? Was there a problem with the touch machines that didn't count my vote?
Virginia law now requires all localities to use voting equipment that provides a "voter verified paper audit trail," such as optical scan equipment. Our old equipment was grandfathered in, but we now are planning to purchase new equipment this next year, since the Board of Supervisors has allocated funding for this purchase. As a result, we are encouraging, but not requiring, voters to use the optical scan ballots, also called electronically scanned ballots, to become more comfortable with the new technology. The new equipment purchase will include some kind of an ADA accessible device, but the exact technology will depend on which vendor we select. More information will be coming out after the election on ways that those interested can participate in the selection process.
In Fairfax there has not been a specific instance where touch screens were a problem, but there have been reports in other parts of the country of problems, which is what prompted the legislature to require a "voter verified paper audit trail."