The Missouri Senate is considering a bill that will forbid the use of electronic voting machines and require the exclusive use of traditional paper ballots. The bill has already passed the House with a 108-31 vote. State Rep. Paul Curtman presented the bill to Missouri Senate last week. As stated in House Bill No. 2208, no electronic voting systems will be approved unless meeting specific guidelines and “The official ballot shall be a paper ballot that is hand-marked by the voter or, in the case of disabled voters who need assistance, by a paper-ballot marking device designed to assist the disabled.”
… If the bill is enacted, all employed electronic voting machines will be phased out after they reach the end of their effective life. Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, Missouri will not replace any direct-record electronic touch-screen vote counting machines that experience malfunctions or add any additional machines.
Missouri will still permit the use of electronic counting systems and paper ballot marking devices to assist disabled voters.
The eradication of electronic voting machines would be done in hopes of protecting the safety of votes and defending against potential hackers.