Viewer Response - Voting - A Touchy Subject (9/27/06)
Bill Lamb raised some concerns about touch screen voting in a recent editorial, and I'd like to take this opportunity to address them.
One of the main priorities of the Jefferson County Board of Elections, in choosing voting equipment, is that a paper trail exists in every election contest. This priority is standard operating procedure in Jefferson County whether an individual casts a ballot using the AccuVote optical scanner machine or the AccuVote TSX, the touch screen voting system.
The Jefferson County Board required that every touch screen purchased with the assistance of the Help America Vote Act come equipped with a printer module capable of providing a facsimile of every ballot cast on this equipment. This printer is also capable of printing a verified receipt that allows the voter to view a list of the candidates for whom he or she has voted.
In conclusion, the Board takes its responsibility to ensure a fair and honest election very seriously. That is why we have insisted that all votes cast can be verified and certified through an accountability system that is second to none. As a citizen of Jefferson County, you can rest assured that your vote counts and that your vote is counted.
I'm Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw, and that's my...Point of View.