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Checking the List Twice – Good Idea for Virginia Voting?

December 24, 2007

Richmond, VA – Santa knows his stuff: He always checks his list twice. Virginians concerned about the security of their state's voting machines want to do that, too, but it will take state legislation to accomplish.

Local election watchdogs want Virginia's voting machines to be audited to make sure every vote really is counted. Jeremy Epstein with the Verifiable Voting Coalition of Virginia says machines can make mistakes, or people can tamper with them, and under current state law there's no way to find out or prove it.

"Go and count the ballots and see. Did the machines actually do the right thing, or not? Right now, we don't know that. We just get totals out of them; we have no idea if they're correct."

Epstein's group is proposing legislation that would require audits, much like those in other states. Virginia recently had a close race in Fairfax County, and Epstein says there was no way to really "recount" the votes. All anyone could do was look at the totals from the machines, not each vote.

"It's like getting a bank statement: You had a $1,000 at the beginning of the month, you had $1,100 at the end, but we're not going to tell you what checks cleared and what deposits happened. You just have to believe that that's the right number."

The League of Women Voters, Virginia Verified Voting and the New Electoral Reform Alliance of Virginia are members of the Coalition.

Deborah Smith/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - VA