arrowSection 4.1 - Voting Equipment

This topic is monitored by Moritz Law Professor Daniel Tokaji. For up-to-date news and commentary on voting technology, the Help America Vote Act, and other voting equality issues, see Professor Tokaji's Equal Vote Blog.

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Voting Technology: From 2000 to 2004 . . . and Beyond

Since 2000, the United States has seen unprecedented attention devoted to the equipment used to cast and count our votes. Ohio and other states have taken a hard look at their voting machines and found them to be sorely lacking. Yet the transformation of voting equipment is not yet complete, and changes have come more slowly than some expected. . . . . Click here for more.

The Help America Vote Act: An Overview

On October 29, 2002, the President signed into law the Help America Vote Act ("HAVA").  The enactment of law followed the controversial 2000 election and almost two years of debate and deliberation over what facets of the United States' election system were in greatest need of improvement . . . .Click here for more.

Summary of State HAVA Plans

This entry summarizes the 50 states’ Help America Vote Act implementation plans, in the area of voting equipment. The entry is broken down into three sections for each state: current equipment used at the time of the HAVA plan's submission, proposed equipment to which the state planned to convert and the amount the state planned to devote toward new voting equipment. . . . .Click here for more.


What Voting Equipment Will Ohio's 10 Largest Counties Be Using?

When the polls open on November 2, 2004, most Ohio voters will find the same voting equipment that they used four years ago. For approximately 70% of Ohio citizens, that means the Votomatic punch card machine, the same type used by most voters in Florida's 2000 election. Of Ohio's 88 counties, a total of 69 will use punch cards in 2004. . . . . Click here for more.

What will other swing states be using?

Comment:  Voting Technology: Beyond HAVA, Beyond Paper

2006 is turning out to be a big year on the voting technology front. That's primarily because of some important deadlines in the Help America Vote Act of 2002 ("HAVA"), requiring disability-accessible voting equipment and the replacement of punch-card and lever machines. . . . . To read the rest of Prof. Tokaji's comment, click here.

Comment:  The Paper Trail Debate

The 2000 election exposed the shortcomings of the United States' voting system, including our continuing reliance on antiquated equipment like the infamous "hanging chad" punch card. Since then, a vigorous debate has emerged over new voting technology. The focal point of this debate has been the security of electronic "touchscreen" voting machines . . . . To read the rest of Prof. Tokaji's comment, click here.

Op-Ed: Miscast Ballots Easily Could Decide Close Races

There is a real possibility that the 2000 voting debacle in Florida will be replayed in Ohio come Nov. 2. That's because about 70 percent of Ohio voters will use the punch-card machines similar to those that caused such "hangingchad" turmoil four years ago. Read Prof. Tokaji's full op-ed from the August 17th, 2004 Columbus Dispatch.