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Ballot boxing

Photo: Flickr/John Morton

This week on our Karr on Culture podcast: Nearly 10 years after hanging chads and butterfly ballots decided the presidential election, the way we vote still hasn’t changed.

Ten years ago, American voters learned about the perils of hanging chads and butterfly ballots — and the Supreme Court ended up deciding a presidential election that the polls couldn’t. After the election. Congress ordered the states to invest in new voting technology. But experts — and average citizens — say the solution may be worse than the problem. Rick talks to three folks on the front lines of the fight over electronic voting. Computer scientist Dan Wallach, who sits on a National Science Foundation panel that’s investigating voting technology, says electronic voting machines are getting better, but too many are still susceptible to hacking and crashes. Marybeth Kuznik founded VotePA to press the Keystone State to invest in more secure voting machines, but says that next Tuesday, five out of six of her neighbors will cast their ballots using insecure, buggy technology. New York’s the last state in the country to have adopted electronic voting — and that’s putting a lot of pressure on John O’Grady, the New York City Board of Elections’ chief voting machine technician and the man responsible for replacing the city’s 7,700 mechanical voting machines with brand-new optical-scanning machines.