Electronic Voting Machines

Many communities currently use electronic voting machines that produce no paper record and provide no way for voters to verify their votes. The Holt bill ends this system. The bill does not ban all touch-screen voting machines, because experts believe that such machines are still good options for voters with disabilities and minority language voters because they provide accessible means to cast their votes. However, it does require such machines to produce auditable, voter-verifiable paper records when they are used, beginning with the 2008 presidential elections. Further, the bill does not mandate the use of any specific type of machine – or that machines be used at all. It simply requires that whatever systems are used produce paper records that can be verified by voters and audited by experts.

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