Contrary to what Rep. Walt McLeod says (“South Carolina’s new voting system must be secure,” June 1), South Carolina’s voting system is secure.
Rep. McLeod says that when South Carolina switched to all electronic voting, “we gave away our ability to effectively audit or recount votes” and “protect the integrity of elections by assuring that each ballot is correctly recorded and correctly tabulated.”
In fact, the county election commissions take great pains to ensure that each machine works and each vote counts.
The current system allows people to review how they voted prior to pushing the button for final vote. If there is an error, the individual can correct it. It is up to the individuals to ensure that their votes are correct prior to pushing the final button.
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With the machines or paper ballots, the votes can be recounted.
Should the current machines be updated? Yes. But without individual paper receipts.