Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz announced today that her office has entered into a contract with LHS Associates of Massachusetts to provide optical scan technology to replace lever voting machines across the state.
“As our office considered possible new voting technologies, the principles of security, accessibility and reliability guided our decision-making. We heard from thousands of citizens, academics, and advocacy groups concerned about the pitfalls of touch-screen voting technology. Touch-screen technology, in its current state of development, is simply is not ready for ‘prime time’ herein Connecticut.” Secretary Bysiewicz said.
Optical scan machines will allow us to mark a paper ballot, which will then be scanned by a machine. Persons with disabilities will be allowed to use special voting machines, where they can cast their ballot privately and independently using a telephone.
This is the future, folks. Say goodbye to the lever voting machines while you can. I know I'm going to miss them. But I'm glad that we're using optical scan instead of electronic voting machines, which have real security concerns.