League of Women Voters Advocates for Use of Hand-Marked Paper Ballots

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League of Women Voters Advocates for Use of Hand-Marked Paper Ballots

Raleigh, NC, August 22, 2019 - The League of Women Voters of Wake County has carefully researched and followed the process of certification of voting machines in North Carolina. We take election security very seriously and believe that a hand-marked paper ballot is the only kind of record that is not vulnerable to software errors or to hacking.

A voting machine that records a voter’s selections in the form of barcodes is inherently unreadable by humans and cannot be properly audited. Furthermore, attempts to assess the ownership of the vendors of voting machines have failed to provide definitive answers. Dianna Wynn, president of the League of Women Voters of Wake County, states, “We do not know, and will never fully know, who has a financial or political interest within any of the layers of investment and ownership of the vendors of voting systems. Thus, a system that relies on hand-marked paper ballots is the most prudent option. Though, it is likely the least financially lucrative option for vendors, but that is not our concern.”

The League, along with numerous voters, provided statements to members of the Board of Elections discouraging certification of systems that lack auditable and human-readable ballots. If public comments from citizens are a meaningful part of this decision-making process, then the Board must listen to the voters.

President Dianna Wynn further states that, “we would remind the Board members that their obligations are not to the vendors of voting machines, but to the voters of North Carolina.” Only hand-marked paper ballots, followed by risk-limiting audits, meet all recommended criteria for secure elections. The League of Women Voters urges the North Carolina Board of Elections to place a priority on security.

The League of Women Voters of Wake County is a grassroots nonpartisan organization dedicated to encouraging citizens’ participation in government and the understanding of important issues through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters does not endorse or oppose political parties or candidates for office. Learn more at www.lwvwake.org.

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Media Contact:

Dianna Wynn, President

lwvwakepresident@gmail.com

919-2714455