For many years, computer experts have been warning about security problems with direct-recording electronic voting machines. In response to public pressure, Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan adopted one of the more secure voting systems. Some other county registrars ignored the warnings and adopted systems that were extremely vulnerable to tampering. As warnings increased over the past year (leading to Debra Bowen's election as secretary of state), those registrars have continued to refuse to replace their vulnerable voting machines with more secure systems.
Now, when Bowen is forcing them to do so, they are crying that there's not enough time. This is a problem they created, due to their own intransi-gence; they should figure out a solution. The integrity of elections in California is more important than the convenience of county registrars.
To say paper ballots would be less secure is highly questionable. All that's needed is to hire enough personnel to properly keep track of the ballots. The trend has been to spend outrageous sums replacing people with machines that don't work. In fact, given the annual cost of many of the direct-recording voting systems, it would often be cheaper to hire people to count all the ballots by hand.