One Arkansas county joins a growing number of locales opposed to electronic voting and returning to paper voting as more Americans distrust the reliability and security of voting machines.
A Cleburne County quorum court last week voted to end the use of electronic voting machines and return to reliable paper ballots, which the commission says will require all future elections to be counted by hand KARK TV.
“These voting machines, which are really just computers, do not comply with US or Arkansas electoral laws, which clearly state that voters have the right to verify that their votes are properly represented as they are entered into the tabulation computer the Arkansas Voter Integrity Initiative (AVII) said CEO Colonel Conrad Reynolds Dec. 19 press release.
“We are instructed by election officials to check the names on the ballot card before we throw it into the tab, but the tab doesn’t read the printed names on the ballot card – it just reads the barcodes. I can’t read barcodes, so I can’t verify that my voice was properly recorded,” Reynolds added.
There is no statewide process in Arkansas, and state law allows each county to choose its electoral process.
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Cleburne County Justice of the Peace Jacque Martin said there are just too many voters who don’t trust the machines.
“It’s time we took a step back and got back to elections we can believe in — with transparency and integrity,” Martin said.
Last year, AVII sued the state to try to get rid of the machines, and the group hopes their success in Cleburne County can be replicated by the state’s other 74 circuit college courts.
In his Notice Clint Lancaster, AVII’s lead attorney and Saline County Commissioner of Elections, said in the lawsuit, “Today, AVII took a major step forward in election integrity. The voting machines in Arkansas violate state and federal laws designed to protect the voter’s right to validate their ballot before it is cast. This lawsuit will restore trust in voters and restore transparency to the voting process. Our company looks forward to the future and to representing an organization that is not afraid to fight for the people of Arkansas.”
Should voting machines be banned nationwide?
Yes: 99% (76 votes)
No: 1% (1 votes)
Arkansas’ efforts to replace voting machines are not a new topic. In 2020, officials in 31 states were studying and discussing the need to replace machines, cancel vendor contracts, or return to paper voting.
Last year, ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, pundits across the country warned states against returning to paper elections.
In Georgia, for example, a group of 13 experts sent a letter to the state Election Board and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger warning them to stop using Dominion Voting Systems’ touchscreen voting machines immediately, The Associated Press reported.
In Arizona, Donald Trump even backed a lawsuit urging officials to jettison the machines and return to paper elections.
During a rally last April, Trump said, “Every state should follow the lead of Patriots in Arizona, where yesterday Kari Lake and Mark Finchem filed a lawsuit to ban electronic voting machines and replace them with transparent hand counting.”
President Trump: “Every state should follow the example of the patriots in Arizona, where yesterday @KariLake & @RealMarkFinchem filed a lawsuit to ban electronic voting machines and replace them with transparent hand counting. pic.twitter.com/9rNt8oSAsp
— Mark Finchem — Never Stop Fighting (@RealMarkFinchem) April 25, 2022
In November, it was even alleged that New Jersey’s Dominion system had collapsed, forcing Mercer County voters to go back to paper voting.
Americans are not alone in their concerns about voting machines. Germany has also dispensed with machines and has stuck to counting ballots by hand.
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson was outraged by the voting problems seen during the 2022 midterm elections across the country, mostly in Democrat-led areas.
“What we do know is that the mechanics of our elections don’t work almost exclusively in states and cities that are ruled by Democrats,” Carlson said in November. “Are they cheating? Are you disorganized? Not relevant here either.”
“The system is obviously out of control. It is unreliable, and such systems, by definition, cannot be reliable. Would you let a Maricopa County election official fly your plane? Probably not. It’s a disaster,” he added. “Democracy is a belief-based system. You have to believe in it for it to work, but who could believe in it?”
It’s a good thing for Cleburne County residents that their election officials are working to restore the integrity of the elections.
It would be nice if this could send a message and the idea spread to the rest of the country.
https://www.westernjournal.com/court-votes-remove-voting-machines-election-turns-paper-ballots-hand-counting/ Court votes to remove voting machines from the election will become paper ballots and hand count only