Four Democrats in the New Jersey Assembly have introduced a bill that would require voting machines to leave a paper trail of each vote cast. Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker says previous equipment failures and programming errors have resulted in costly disputes that cast doubt on election results. Zwicker says paper records would assure voters that their ballots are counted properly “We want to give people confidence that when they vote, their vote counts and that it went toward the person they were intending to vote for,” Zwicker says.
Currently, the requirement for the purchase of new voting machines or retrofitting of existing machines to produce a paper record has been suspended until funding is made available.
“We know that computers can be hacked. We read about it all the time,” Zwicker says. “The best thing we can have is a paper trail.”
A Princeton professor famously proved how easy it is to hack New Jersey voting machines, but since the machine aren’t connected to the internet, they’d need to be attacked one at a time.