Can someone explain to me the disadvantages of the old fashioned mechanical lever voting machines?
Every Year I ask this question. You go into the machine. You pull the handle. You flip the levers for your candidates. When you pull the handle to finish gears turn the odometers that count votes.
- It doesn't allow overvoting (voting for the same candidate twice if they're running in 2 parties)
- No need to worry about black pens, blue pens, pencils, sharpies, hanging chads, etc or machines reading your card.
- Votes are counted by subtracting the starting odometer reading from the finishing one.
- Works in a blackout (the only electricity was for the light above and in a pinch a flashlight could work)
- Simple and provable from a scientific / engineering perspective.
Call me a luddite, but every electronic system feel like a step backwards from these.