‘There is No Way for Them to be Tampered With’: Mississippi Election Clerk Gets Approval to Remove Paper Trail Printers from Diebold Touch-Screens
By Brad Friedman on 8/18/2011 5:57pm
The Jones County, Mississippi, slogan is “A Great Place to Live.” While this may or may not be true, and I’ve never been there, it’s clearly not a great place to vote. At least if voting in a way that is verifiably accurate for the citizenry is something one might care about. A remarkable statement by the county’s Circuit Clerk, and a unanimous decision in support of it by the County’s Board of Supervisors this week, has made that as clear as can be.
You may recall that just last week, e-voting system failures — such as e-voting machines that wouldn’t start up at all and votes that were counted twice — led to chaos and uncertain results in Mississippi’s state primaries, leading one official to declare days afterward, as they were all struggling to sort out results of several close elections: “At this point there is no election…Everyone is baffled.”