Ballot Roulette

Computer scientists and mathematicians look for better ways to vote

12:37pm, October 30, 2006

Two months ago, in primaries for governor and congressional and state legislative seats in Maryland, many trips to the polls became painful experiences. At hundreds of precincts in Montgomery County, for instance, new touch-screen voting machines sat useless for lack of plastic authorization cards needed to operate them. In many polling places, electronic poll books with lists of eligible voters froze or mistakenly claimed that new arrivals had already cast their ballots.

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