We are slow to realize that democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle. It is only as those of every generation who love democracy resist with all their might the encroachments of its enemies that the ideals of representative government can even be nearly approximated.
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.