Lawmaker Proposes Paper Ballots for PA

Electronic Scanning to Speed Tabuation

Joe DeStio
March 07, 2019 - 3:35 pm
“The solution lies in simplicity,” says State Representative Rob Matzie. The Ambridge Democrat has introduced legislation requiring Pennsylvania voters to return to paper ballots.

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – “The solution lies in simplicity,” says State Representative Rob Matzie. The Ambridge Democrat has introduced legislation requiring Pennsylvania voters to return to paper ballots.

“It’s close to foolproof, it’s safe from hackers, and it’s working effectively in 21 other states,” according to Matzie.

While the electronic voting machines now used in most Pennsylvania counties are not connected to the internet, a Blue Ribbon Commission recently concluded the machines are subject to fraud and error. And because they leave no paper trail there is no hard proof to confirm results tabulated on an individual machine.

Matzie says, “People will fill out the ballot and it will go through a scanner. The ballots will then be there if a recount were called.”

Matzie says because the results would be scanned electronically, results could be tabulated more quickly and reported to county election headquarters.

Governor Tom Wolf recently directed Pennsylvania counties to obtain voting machines that leave a paper trail to confirm votes.

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