New Video Explores Pros and Cons of Electronic Voting Machines

Mar 06, 2013, 11:48 ET from

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- announces its new video about the pros and cons of electronic voting machines. After the "hanging chad" paper ballot debacle in the 2000 Bush-Gore elections, direct recording electronic (DRE) machines, often called electronic voting machines, became increasingly popular. DREs were used in 39% of all US precincts in the 2012 presidential election.

The latest video focuses on facts, studies, and pro and con arguments about whether or not electronic voting machines improve the voting process or create more uncertainty and risk.

Proponents argue that electronic voting machines are a reliable, modern technology; make voter intent clear; reduce lost votes; enable voting in multiple languages; and facilitate voting for blind voters. Opponents argue that electronic voting machines are vulnerable to hackers, can be opened with a standard minibar key, are prone to malfunction, and often lack a paper audit trail thus making recounts impossible.

This third episode in's Critical Thinking Video Series was sponsored by the generous support of the Herb Block Foundation (, who's "Encouraging Citizen Involvement" grants help to "ensure a responsible, responsive democratic government through citizen involvement."

The 3:22 video production is available for viewing on the website at It has also been posted to the YouTube channel at

For more information about electronic voting machines, visit the website,, which explores the topic "Do voting machines improve the voting process?"

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