This is an area where I'm very proud of the State of Michigan. And I'm hoping that by posting this I don't jinx us up here...
Our Secretary of State, a Republican by the way, has made certain that EVERY voting district is using the optical scanner machines. She has unequivocably ruled out any electronic voting machines that do not have a paper trail.
I am so thankful for that.
Outside of some issues in Detroit, which usually have less to do with machines and more to do with a general sense of confusion, this state has been pretty free of election clutter.
Our SOS is one Republican I'd gladly vote for again.
She's done a great job here on many many levels.
What I DO NOT understand, and NOT ONE SINGLE NEWS SOURCE has explained, is why so many places are insisting on the electronic machines. WHY? WHY WHY WHY? They've been proven to be faulty and risky over and over. And I can't understand why someone does not want a paper trail, a hard proof of votes. It just doesn't make any sense at all. The companies that make the machines must be paying them off - that's the ONLY reason I can imagine.