Voting machines to get attachmentsBy Lawrence Ragonese The Star Ledger Jan 9 2009
Decision allows for the possibility of a paper trail in 18 N.J. counties
Electronic voting machines used in 18 New Jersey counties will be refitted with attachments to provide a paper trail that could be used for potential recounts, Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells has ruled.
Wells made her decision Monday, accepting the recommendation of a special committee and making a change sought by activists who argued electronic voting machines are vulnerable to hackers.
Wells has sent copies of her order to elections officials statewide.
The state will pay for required upgrades to voting machines, which are manufactured by Sequoia Voting Systems, and finance poll worker training, said Susan Evans, a spokesman for Wells.