THE BLOG
01/10/2008 02:06 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Was The NH Vote Hacked?

You can't open an e-mail list without reading that the New Hampshire primary vote was hacked.

Here's the story. New Hampshire used paper ballots that are scanned by Diebold scanners. The name Diebold sers off alarms. But the ballots are paper and can be counted to see what the voters intended. So it doesn't matter that they are scanned by Diebold machines.

Paper ballots. All anyone has to do is pick a few precincts and count the paper ballots. If they don't match what the scanners reported, then you count all the ballots. If they don't match the count, everyone knows what happened.

The point of having voter-verified paper ballots is that the record exists. So no one would bother to try to screw with the election because they would get caught as soon as anyone compares the paper ballots with the machine count.

The primary wasn't hacked.
That's the point of having paper ballots. DEMAND paper ballots everywhere. If you want touch screens, that's fine. In fact, they help prevent errors -- just as long as they are used as input devices for printing paper ballots that YOU look at and put into a separate ballot box.