voting and new media

How to handle voting? Like this (from NYT):

Almost all the electronic records from the first widespread use of touch-screen voting in Miami-Dade County have been lost, stoking concerns that the machines are unreliable as the presidential election draws near.

The records disappeared after two computer system crashes last year, county elections officials said, leaving no audit trail for the 2002 gubernatorial primary. A citizens group uncovered the loss this month after requesting all audit data from that election.

Without the question, the knowledge wouldn’t gone down a hole. It seems a simple matter to get a slip back compared to an ATM receipt. At this point, though, I’d rather just pull a lever.

More here.