Well Said Guy – there is always another side to the discussion. As my mentor often relates – there is a conspiracy around every corner. How about a toggle switch for NY, PA, NJ, OH, IL and CA to switch off the receipt printer. In all the honest states, we can leave it operating (said somewhat tongue in cheek)
Displaying a summary on-screen is one thing but if before anyone considers printing a summary of how the voter voted, please read:
CFP'93 - Electronic Voting - Evaluating the Threat by Michael Ian
Shamos, Ph.D., J.D.
If the voter is worried that the machine may not have processed her vote correctly, why doesn't it just print a receipt? After all, when I play the lottery I get a ticket, and it's that ticket alone that allows me to claim the prize.
Some candidates have figured out that it can be cheaper to pay
voters directly for their votes than to spend the money campaigning and risk
losing on Election Day. If you think about it, though, you might wonder how the
candidate could ever know whom I voted for. What a fool he would be to pay
money and never be able to verify that it had done any good. However, if the
voting system printed a receipt that recorded my choices, it would violate the
vote-buying prohibition of Commandment III, since I could redeem the receipt
for cash from an unscrupulous candidate. (I leave
Just want to make sure that we understand the implications of such a request. :-)