A Coalition representing the League of Women Voters of Delaware, Common Cause, the Delaware Alliance for Community Advancement, and the American Civil Liberties Union held a press conference in Legislative Hall on August 10, 2017. Both the News Journal and the Delaware State News covered the event where speakers called for new voting machines with a voter-verified paper audit trail. Delaware is one of only five states nationwide without a paper trail.
League Advocacy Chair Sandy Spence told the press that our 22-year old machines need to be replaced as soon as possible with the "best [machines] that money can buy in order to protect the security and integrity of our voting system."
The press event preceded a meeting of a Task Force charged with reviewing what machines are available. The meeting focused on defining criteria to be included in a Request of Proposals. Spence called for criteria to include:
1. employ a voter-verifiable paper ballot or other paper record, said paper being the official record of the voter's intent;
2. enable the voter to verify that the paper ballot/recordis accurately reflects his or her intent, either by eye or with the aid of suitable devices for those who have impaired vision;
3. allow verification to take place while the voter is still in the process of voting;
4. use the paper ballot/record for audits and recounts;
5. facilitate verification of vote totals by an independent hand count of the paper ballot/record; and
6. support routine audits of the paper ballot/record in randomly selected precincts in every election, with the results published by the jurisdiction.
This article is from the League of Women Voters of Delaware website