To Win An Election, Just Control The Machines

| September / October 2003

Touch screen voting may sound like a good idea-no more hanging chads-but it has one glaring problem: Without a paper ballot, there's no way to double-check that votes have been handled and counted fairly. 'Voting machines are just as subject to program bugs as other computers, and very tempting for computer hackers,' says David Dill, a Stanford computer scientist and founder of, who is leading a campaign to oppose touch screen voting machines across the country. Just three companies make the machines that will report most of the 2004 election results. Many irregularities have already been reported in states that used touch screens in 2002.