With all this talk about "outdated" voting machines, butterfly ballots, chads, and so on, what I want to know is:
Why do we need to replace them?
True, we have been using that "outdated" technology for many decades now, but the thing that escapes me is: why is this a problem now? Until the 2000 election, those systems, albeit old, worked well. There didn't seem to be any confusion. If this 'outdated' technology was as unreliable as the Gore camp would have us believe, why wasn't something done about them 30 years ago?
If there is a true bona fide and genuine need for all this new technology, then that screams to me that, as a society, we are dumb as bricks now; our intelligence and common sense level has sunk like a stone. If a simple punch card was used without any problems for the last 5 decades or so, and all of a sudden now, they are "obsolete", that is only a symptom of a much deeper problem-namely voter incomtetence and a lack of common sense, which can probably ultimately be traced back to our educational system and overly generous immigration policies as well.
So is this "new" technology (i.e. touchscreen ballots) really necessary, or is it just "new for the sake of new" (perhaps with a little plain brown paper bag help from the companies that make the machines), as a kneejerk reaction to the 2000 disaster?