Gusciora: Faulty electronic voting remains a concern

TRENTON – One of the parties challenging the use of paperless electronic voting in New Jersey expressed continued concern after today’s appeals court ruling.

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, (D-15), Trenton, said that “There has always been a great concern with electronic machines that there are not adequate safeguards, such as a paper trail, to ensure the integrity of the elections.”

An appeals court Monday ordered further hearings into whether the state is doing enough to ensure that programming errors are caught.

The court upheld other portions of the earlier court order, deciding that the mere lack of a paper verification of an electronic vote does not constitute a violation of a voter’s constitutional rights.

Yet, according to Gusciora, the basic argument of those who oppose the paperless machines remains.

“There have been plenty of instances where e-voting has been faulty,’’ he said.

However, “We also are a victim of economic times,’’ he said. “To completely have a wholesale replacement of these machines is most likely not in the cards.’’

The court did take notice of a case in Cumberland County in which faulty programming led to wrongly cast votes in a committee race.  A second election was held as a result.

Gusciora: Faulty electronic voting remains a concern