States Ditch Electronic Voting Machines

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

By Cory Bennett.

States have abandoned electronic voting machines in droves, ensuring that most voters will be casting their ballots by hand on Election Day.

With many electronic voting machines more than a decade old, and states lacking the funding to repair or replace them, officials have opted to return to the pencil-and-paper voting that the new technology was supposed to replace.

Nearly 70 percent of voters will be casting ballots by hand on Tuesday, according to Pamela Smith, president of election watchdog Verified Voting.

“Paper, even though it sounds kind of old school, it actually has properties that serve the elections really well,” Smith said.

It’s an outcome few would have predicted after the 2000 election, when the battle over “hanging chads” in the Florida recount spurred a massive, $3 billion federal investment in electronic voting machines.

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Voter-ID backer catches Dems in the act

By Drew Zahn.

In the debate over requiring photo identification to vote, advocates claim it will help prevent voter fraud, while opponents dismiss fraud as too infrequent to justify such laws.

So imagine the surprise of a North Carolina Republican and voter-ID proponent when he reportedly caught the attorney suing the state to overturn its voter-ID rules violating election law.

Molotov Mitchell, also a WND video columnist, is running as the GOP nominee for North Carolina State Senate District 16 against incumbent Democrat Josh Stein. Stein’s father, Adam Stein, is part of a team of attorneys suing the state to overturn its voter-ID law, set to go into effect in 2016.

A new video released by Mitchell purports to show a polling place with signs clearly marked forbidding the distribution of election materials, but a photo reveals Adam Stein well beyond the signs handing out voter guides.

“Two Republican candidates were there witnessing him handing out those flyers,” Mitchell told WND. “A Senate candidate, Mary Lopez Carter, took the picture because she saw him standing there handing out voter guides. She didn’t know it was Adam Stein until her husband asked the guy his name and then [Stein] started bragging about his son, Josh.

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