HBO’s John Oliver decried the use of electronic voting machines in 2019 before the 2020 election, saying it was “completely insane” to vote electronically without a paper trail.
Around 12% of the votes cast in the 2020 election were done on Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machines for which no paper trail is available afterward.
“They are very bad. If something goes wrong with one of them, you would basically never know, because you can’t audit the results. And things have gone wrong,” John Oliver said.
He cited one election with very small vote totals where a husband and wife running together were able to get affadavits stating that 33 people voted for them when the vote on the machine was 33-10 against them. The machine had switched the vote totals.
Unfortunately, if that happened in the 2020 presidential race, there’s no paper trail for the voting public to ever know about it.
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