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Wilson elections officials safeguard secure voting

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Re: “For secure elections, choose paper ballots over machines”:

In a letter published Aug. 27 regarding the use of voting machines in Wilson County, we indicated that the county was still using insecure direct recording electronic voting machines. In fact, Wilson County switched to hand-marked paper ballots following the passage of a state law requiring a paper record of votes in 2013.

The Wilson County Board of Elections informs us that iVotronic machines are no longer used by any voters. We applaud Wilson County’s speedy transition to hand-marked paper ballots. No one should be voting on direct recording electronic machines that do not produce a paper ballot that can be used in a post-election audit.

William Rand

Raleigh

Michael D. Fernandez

Washington

Rand is an associate professor at N.C. State University’s Poole College of Management. Fernandez is director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues.

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