and it is also one of the reasons that the NC Coalition for Verified Voting, supported by computer scientist testimony, urged the legislature to ban touchscreens.
Disenfranchising voters by accident is equally as bad as disenfranchising voters on purpose. The result is the same.
Counties that use paper ballots, optically scanned, are more likely to record voters choices as cast:
A professor's study of North Carolina's 2008 Presidential election shows that optically scanned paper ballots were better at registering the intent of the voters than touch screen voting machines.
Mark Lindeman, an assistant professor of political science at Bard College in New York, found that in the 67 North Carolina counties where the voting method is optically scanned paper ballots, 0.78% of ballots failed to register a vote for President last November. The 24 counties where touch screens were the principal method of voting saw 1.36% of ballots fail to register a vote for President, a difference of over 7000 votes in the 2008 election.
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