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...ou have given the vote a written copy of what the machine says he did so it can be disputed *right then and there* if there’s a problem.

That part might be a problem. How can the voter dispute the vote receipt while still keeping his/her ballot confidential. In AZ, we have paper ballots that are optically scanned as the ballot is read and deposited into a sealed box. If the ballot is improperly marked, it is spit back out with a message stating the general problem (ie. no votes for the following offices, or multiple votes for office allowing only one vote, etc.) The polling official offers the ballot back to the voter who can then modify the ballot, request a new ballot, or accept the mis-marked ballot knowing that the improper votes will not be counted. Voters can get up to 3 new ballots if they mis-mark. There is an elaborate procedure of sealing spoiled ballots and storing them in a separate compartment in the sealed ballot box. After 3 strikes, the voter loses the option to vote. But the poll inspector never sees the voters ballot in this process and is given no indication of how the voter voted.

But remember that a voter using the old paper ballot system has no idea if the vote is counted correctly. The paper/opt scan system actually provides more feedback to the voter than the old paper system. Also, what if feedback is provided to the voter and they disagree? The ballot is already read and stored in a sealed ballot box. I suppose you could offer a 2 step optical scan process, first the voter's ballot is scanned, then a confirmation is presented to the voter, finally the voter has the option of accepting or rejecting the ballot as read. But this really complicates the process without providing any real assurance that the ballot as presented to the voter actually ends up being tallied the same way.

The other part of the AZ system is the optical scan machine and sealed box also has a digital tape which stores the cumulative votes. At the end of the voting day, two poll workers from different political party appointments must ride together to a central location where the digital tape is read. If there is a problem or question with the vote, the paper ballots are available
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