Paper confirmation
August 4, 2004 (letter to Lansing State Journal)

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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.

Steve Harry
Lansing