Instead of adding certainty, this new technology has created doubt. Machines fail and count backwards. Printers that supposedly create paper trails jam. Against this backdrop, Northampton County has very little time to choose and train on a new system for April's primary election.
"What happens if the next presidential election is extremely close and decided by a handful of votes cast on machines that crashed? Will voters accept a presidency decided by ballots that weren’t backed up on paper and existed only on a computer drive? And what if they don’t?"Pennsylvania has already been selected as the state most likely to experience voting machine trouble in the next presidential election. “If it was Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004, everyone is saying it’s going to be Pennsylvania in 2008.”