Quick letter about electronic voting

Electronic voting has been thoroughly shown to be unreliable and manipulatable. As a professional software developer, I can attest to the difficulty of creating systems that cannot be tampered with. I can also add that many reports I have read of defects in voting machines have suggested a lack of competence in a task that would be difficult for the very best developers.

On the other hand, voting techniques that leave a paper trail give us a backup plan when machines fail us. It is long past time to add laws that encourage and aid officials in implementing paper trails for our elections. Inaction makes our elections look illegitimate, even if there is indeed no manipulation at all.