From the Dispatch:

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit this afternoon to block the state from forcing Cuyahoga County to switch from touch-screen voting machines to paper ballots counted at a central location in the March 4 primary.

Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is requiring the change in the state’s most populous county because of past problems there and a study that concluded the touch-screens are substandard and vulnerable to tampering.

But the ACLU argues in its lawsuit filed in federal court that the move change be unconstitutional and violate the federal Voting Rights Act because Cuyahoga County voters — and especially black voters — would not be treated equally as those in other counties using different voting systems.

This is one of those cases where both sides are right. I can’t for the life of me figure out why we aren’t moving to Open Source electronic voting solutions. Commodity hardware, secure votes, and software that is reviewable by any citizen for bugs or backdoors.

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