The spirit of democracy appears now and then in history, at those moments when people fight for it. If you try to achieve democracy by waiting for it, you will wait forever.
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.