Resolution Related to Program Requiring a Voter-Verifiable Paper Ballot or Paper Record with Electronic Voting Systems

passed on June 12, 2006 in national convention




Some LWVs have had difficulty applying the SARA Resolution (Secure, Accurate, Recountable and Accessible) passed at the last Convention, and




Paperless electronic voting systems are not inherently secure, can malfunction, and do not provide a recountable audit trail,


Therefore be it resolved that:


The position on the Citizens' Right to Vote be interpreted to affirm that LWVUS supports only voting systems that are designed so that:


a) they employ a voter-verifiable paper ballot or other paper record, said paper being the official record of the voter's intent; and


b) the voters can verify, either by eye or with the aid of suitable devices for those who have impaired vision, that the paper ballot/record accurately reflects his or her intent; and


c) such verification takes place while the voter is still in the process of voting; and


d) the paper ballot/record is used for audits and recounts; and


e) the vote totals can be verified by an independent hand count of the  paper ballot/record; and


f) routine audits of the paper ballot/record in randomly selected precincts can be conducted in every election, and the results published by the jurisdiction.