The optical scan voting machines we use in Oklahoma will have to be replaced before long. I hope similar machines will be selected as replacements. I like our current system for the following reasons:
There is a physical record of each vote cast.
Recounts are easily accomplished.
If a voter makes a mistake (votes for more than one candidate in a race or fails to vote on an issue) the machine rejects his ballot and he can correct his mistake right then.
Each polling place can be served by only one machine, reducing the cost.
Voting can continue in the case of a power outage (the ballots are stored and run through the machine when the power resumes).
Fraudulent manipulation of votes would be difficult.
Every time I hear about voting machine difficulties in other states (hanging chads, pregnant chads, touch-screen machines that show votes different from the voter has just selected), I appreciate our system all the more. I don't understand the enthusiasm for electronic and "touch-screen" machines; I wouldn't trust one to correctly record my vote. Anyone who knows much about computers knows how easily electronic data can be corrupted and manipulated. Optical scan machines have my vote!
Barbara Chaple, Oklahoma City