California requires electronic voting machines…

California requires electronic voting machines to make receipts

In a major victory for voting rights advocates, Secretary of State Kevin Shelley announced Friday that all electronic voting machines in California must provide paper receipts by 2006.

Shelley also introduced stricter requirements for testing and auditing of the software used to record and tabulate votes in the nation’s most populous state.

California’s reforms address concerns of Silicon Valley computer scientists and voting rights advocates who have been warning that paperless voting systems expose the vote to hackers, software bugs and mechanical breakdowns.