Sunday, October 21, 2012

Does Mitt Romney's Family Have Financial Ties To Some Types of Voting Machines?

A wooden ballot box used in the northeastern United States circa 1870.  Source: Wikipedia

"Research in progress".  That's what this Snopes article says.  I can't wait to find out the results.

If Mitt Romney's family has financial ties to some types of voting machines, that would certainly be a conflict of interest.  I was a big proponent of using voting machines back in the days when I was a poll worker, a job I like to brag about and watch as people's eyes flash for a second with the thought, "Pole worker?  Was Becky a stripper?  Oh, poll worker..." I loved the voting machines because they were so easy and efficient, two of my favorite adjectives.  I'd assume the Luddites who demanded a paper ballot were simply being paranoid and unreasonable.  But now I'm not so sure.

What do you think?  Should we go back to paper ballots and staying up all night to find out the election results?  I'm fine with waiting a few extra hours, even a few extra days, if it means we're dealing with accurate information.  But paper ballots can be lost too.  Should we continue with our technological advancements and make rules that say, sorry, if you're running for office, your family can't make a profit off the voting machines used to elect you?