Did you ... suppose democracy was only for elections, for politics, and for a party name? I say democracy is only of use there that it may pass on and come to its flower and fruit in manners, in the highest forms of interaction ... in religion, literature, colleges and schools: Democracy in all public and private life.
Problems with voting machines remain widespread, including equipment malfunction, shortages, hacking, and non-verifiability. Sixteen states have no paper record for the majority of ballots cast in their elections, which makes verifiable elections impossible. Recounts have historically exposed the electronic machines’ abilities to flip or lose votes. Private companies, who often have connections to prominent political candidates, own the source codes and control most of the programming for these machines that determine our elections. The use of electronic voting machines has increased since the passage of the Help America Vote Act in 2002, despite compelling testimony from computer scientists about the machines’ security vulnerabilities.