Concern Over Paper Jam In New N.C. Election Equipment

North Carolina election officials are working to reduce the threat of paper jams in touch-screen voting machines before the 2008 election for president, governor and U.S. Senate.

The machines were purchased in 2006 by more than 20 counties
after thousands of electronic votes disappeared in Carteret County
two years earlier. The machines show how a person has voted both on the screen and on an attached printout.

But there are concerns that the printers can jam and voter
advocates are worried about whether a vote can be verified.

Joyce McCloy of the N.C. Coalition for Verified Voting says the
printouts aren't as reliable as a cash register or ATM receipt.

State elections officials say the machine's maker has modified
the printer so fewer rolls of paper are required and that should
lead to fewer jams.


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