Indiana counties will publicly test their voting machines this week to make sure they are tallying votes correctly. But some activists contend the test does not address a larger problem. A Stanford computer scientist created the Verified Voting Foundation in 2004 to lobby states to implement more safeguards against voting-machine tampering, starting with a paper trail to verify vote counts if necessary.
The push-button machines used in 52 Indiana counties create that paper trail on a printout inside the machine which records every individual ballot cast, but Julia Vaughn with Common Cause of Indiana maintains that is not enough. She argues there is nothing to compare those votes to. “Indiana doesn‘t have an automatic percentage of votes that we audit, or after the fact do we make sure that the technology was working correctly,” Vaughn says.