More Americans might cast their ballots on paper this fall than in any other election in U.S. history.
An Associated Press Election Research survey has found that 57
percent of the nation's registered voters live in counties that
will be relying on paper ballots this November.
That wasn't supposed to be the case. The government had a
3-billion-dollar plan to upgrade voting technology after the
hanging-chad fiasco in Florida in 2000. But thousands of
touchscreen devices are collecting dust in warehouses from
California to Florida. Officials worried about hackers and fed up
with technical glitches have replaced the equipment with scanners
that will read paper ballots.
With a crunch looming in the highly specialized ballot-printing
industry, many election officials are now concerned about getting
all their ballots printed on time.