announces its new video about the pros and cons of electronic voting
machines. After the “hanging chad” paper ballot debacle in the 2000
Bush-Gore elections, direct recording electronic (DRE) machines, often
called electronic voting machines, became increasingly popular. DREs
were used in 39% of all US precincts in the 2012 presidential election.
The latest ProCon.org video focuses on facts, studies, and pro and con arguments about whether or not electronic voting machines improve the voting process or create more uncertainty and risk.
argue that electronic voting machines are a reliable, modern
technology, make voter intent clear, reduce lost votes, enable voting in
multiple languages, and facilitate voting for blind voters. Opponents
argue that electronic voting machines are vulnerable to hackers, can be
opened with a standard minibar key, are prone to malfunction, and often
lack a paper audit trail thus making recounts impossible.
third episode in ProCon.org’s Critical Thinking Video Series was
sponsored by the generous support of the Herb Block Foundation,
who’s “Encouraging Citizen Involvement” grants help to “ensure a
responsible, responsive democratic government through citizen
The 3:22 video production is available for viewing on the ProCon.org website at https://votingmachines.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=005229. It has also been posted to the ProCon.org YouTube channel.
For more information about electronic voting machines, visit the ProCon.org website, votingmachines.procon.org, which explores the topic “Do voting machines improve the voting process?”