U.S. Election Integrity: An Update on Voting Machines

in·teg·ri·ty: n.

1. Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.
2. The state of being unimpaired; soundness.
3. The quality or condition of being whole or undivided; completeness.

[Middle English integrite, from Old French, from Latin integrit s, soundness, from integer, whole, complete; see tag- in Indo-European roots.]
--The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000

How can we have sound elections, given the problems with electronic voting machines? Just yesterday, Jennifer Brunner, Ohio's current Secretary of State (replacing Ken Blackwell) the issued her first directive of the years, mandating that:
Due to the concerns raised by the EVEREST report [see here], and to avoid any loss of confidence by voters that their ballot has been accurately east or recorded, I hereby direct all counties using direct recording eleetronic voting maehines (DRE) to provide an optical scan ballot to any voter who requests it as an alternative method to casting a ballot on a DRE voting machine. This is similar to the procedures already in place for counties using a DRE for persons appearing at their office to cast an absent voter ballot.
And today, according to Kim Zetter, writing in Wired's "Voting Groups Urge Presidential Candidates to Demand Paper Ballots for Upcoming Primaries,"

Five voting integrity groups have sent a letter to presidential candidates urging them to call on states to use paper ballots for the 2008 primary elections.
The groups, among them Iowans for Voting Integrity...cited a recent report out of Ohio that examined voting machines made by Diebold/Premier, Election Systems & Software and Hart InterCivic and found serious security vulnerabilities -- among them a vulnerability in ES&S iVotronic touch-screen...

more to come--the library closeth