It’s not even election day and there are already reports of malfunctioning electronic voting machines.

For instance, machines in apparently Arkansas, Florida, and Texas have flipped votes; voters attempted to select a particular candidate, but the machine incorrectly indicated a vote for the opponent. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that this problem and a host of others occurring in Illinois. Meanwhile, five counties in Florida report that their machines are mistakenly set to stop recording votes one hour prior to the end of election day.

In another context, Reagan was fond of saying “Trust but verify”.

Unfortunately, with these systems, it’s hard to do either.

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