The Tennessee General Assembly had the right idea in 2008 with passage of the aptly named Tennessee Voter Confidence Act.
Voters should be able to be completely confident in the electoral process or the government loses credibility.
Requiring county election commissions to replace voting machines with optical scanners that read ballots that have been marked by hand is not something that commission members are eager to do.
But it could avert a possible electoral catastrophe in the future and in the meantime give voters the comforting assurance that the ballots they cast won’t get swallowed up by a malfunctioning — or, worse yet, manipulated — machine.
Full Article: Editorial: Reliable returns » The Commercial Appeal.