Tuesday is Cleveland’s Mayoral primary. If you go to vote, you’ll notice, as it has been for years, you’ll be filling out a paper ballot. This though, is not the norm. In most Ohio counties, a touch screen computer system is used. But it turns out, when it comes to voting, old school is better than new technology. “In my opinion, old school is better,” said Pat McDonald, the Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. Technology is rapidly evolving, but one thing that’s stayed the same though is the fact, a paper trail doesn’t lie. “It’s great as well for audit trails. So during recounts and auditing purposes, you have that actual, physical piece of paper which is the ballot to compare a hand-count to the actual tabulation system,” said McDonald. In Cuyahoga County it’s been only paper ballots since 2008.
“The voters here within the county and the state, they’re very confident in having a hard copy to vote on,” said McDonald.
The county is one of a small handful in Ohio that uses only paper ballots. But this old school trend is making a major comeback.
“In a computer generated election world, you’re still relying, that computer is programmed correctly and they’re tabulating them right,” said McDonald.