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A flaw in the voting machines the county currently uses was discovered by some folks here in Humboldt County by using a digital camera to scan the paper ballots. A percentage of them were scanned and checked for accuracy and things weren't right.
In addition, the report noted the version of Premier's Global Election Management System (GEMS) that was used in Humboldt County's e-voting machines failed to maintain required logs of important system events, and generated inaccurate data and time stamps in several cases.
My problem is the loss of a paper trail. Without a paper trail the flaws found in the current system would not have been found. Where does this leave us? I will contact our Registrar of Voters Carolyn Crnich. to confirm that the machines will in fact be counting our votes in secret.
Turns out that the Hart machines we are getting will not be to vote on. These are not the same machines that each precinct has for handicap voters. Those are still suspicious to me but this is not what the new laptop devices are for. The Humboldt County Registrar of Voters has assured me that the new machines are just to replace the paper roster that you sign when you first come in to vote. We will still be able to vote on Paper that will be scanned by the other robot that has been fixed of it's known flaws.