Ever since their inception, there have been deep-rooted and not entirely baseless fears on the security and accuracy of electronic voting machines. Nowit seems we have our own scandal in Cumberland County.
Cindy Zirkle, a vocal opponent of Lou Magazzu and his regime, is in the middle of the scandal of a possible malfunction, due to the unwillingness of Lou Magazzu and his cronies to ensure that voters can be assured that our votes really do count!
Electronic voting machines are the standard these days, but the lingering questions about reliability bubbled back to the surface locally this week with questions over a recent contest in Fairfield.
The race for Democratic executive committee featured Cindy and Ernie Zirkle against Vivian and Mark Henry.
The Zirkles lost, according to the official tally, with Cindy getting 10 votes and Ernie a mere 9. Oddly, 28 Fairfield residents have signed affidavits declaring that they cast votes for the Zirkles.
The Sequoia AVC Advantage Direct-Recording Electronic Voting Machine was not operating properly, according to a petition filed by the Zirkles’ attorney.
Why not check the results against a paper trail? There is none with this system. No paper ballot or receipt is produced to verify that a vote was actually tallied.
After years of hand-wringing about the reliability of electronic voting systems, New Jersey still does not mandate paper backups for these machines.
As a result, we are left to wonder: If this one county committee vote tally was screwed up — and that seems to be the case — how many other elections are called into question? Is this a matter of one faulty machine or something more widespread?