Feb 6, 2020: In Iowa this week, a smartphone app for reporting presidential caucus results debuted. It did not go well.
But let’s go back to November 5, 2019:
In Northampton County, Pennsylvania, a candidate for judge, Abe Kassis, came up with just 164 votes out of 55,000 cast — a statistical absurdity. After hand scanning the ballots from the county’s new ESS ExpressVoteXL machines, Kassis emerged as winner. This was no case of “disinformation warfare” — so what happened?
Voting technology should always allow for multiple, redundant mechanisms to record and tally up votes. This ensures errors will be detected, and should allow for early interception of sabotage to allow elections to proceed properly and yield correct outcomes.