August 4, 2004 (letter to
Lansing State Journal)
Tie vote to voter
Paper confirmation from a computerized voting machine is not going
to convince me that my vote got counted.
Susan Anderson (Letters, July 20) supports legislation requiring a
paper trail. To make her case, she unfortunately compares the paper
vote confirmation to the receipt for an ATM deposit.
An ATM receipt is not worth the paper it is printed on. It just
tells you the amount you punched in, which is ignored by the bank.
The bank cares only about the amount in your deposit envelope.
I do believe in direct democracy and Internet voting, but, it can
only work if the vote is tied to the voter. That is the only way it
can be verified.