Republican candidate for state secretary David D’Arcangelo pledged Monday to bring electronic balloting to Massachusetts and make public records more readily available if elected. D’Arcangelo, standing outside the Massachusetts Statehouse with a life-size cardboard cutout of longtime incumbent William Galvin — said the Democrat is behind the times and has to embrace new technologies. He said secure computer terminals could be set up at local polling locations and even overseas to allow service members to vote without having to mail back paper ballots. “I envision every precinct across the commonwealth having a secure terminal, a secure kiosk where you can go in and vote electronically if you choose to,” D’Arcangelo said. “The technology is available. We need to embrace it. We need to come into 2014.”
Galvin said the decision to stick with paper ballots makes sense. After the contested 2000 presidential election, many states adopted electronic balloting, only to later abandon the technology, he said.
“I’m very satisfied and very proud of the system we have that allows a voter to actually see the ballot that they’ve marked their choices on and actually put it in the ballot box themselves,” said Galvin, who said D’Arcangelo “can engage in all the technobabble he wants.”