For the November 2019 elections, Pennsylvania inexplicably went back in time to use an antiquated paper ballot system in lieu of the modern, electronic voting machines that were in use for years. The change caused confusion and frustration at many polling places, as well as long lines, due to the extra time it takes to complete the paper ballots. If a mistake is made completing the ballots, a while new ballot must be used. There is little privacy and anonymity when completing the ballots, and the volunteers manning the suspicious scanner machines can clearly see your ballot choices. The cost to produce numerous paper ballots, the manila folders used to issue voters the ballots, and the purchase price of the special markers used to mark paper ballots is a waste of taxpayer money, let alone the environmental impact of the excessive resources used.
The paper ballots were something that we, the voting public never asked for, nor were we given an opportunity to approve the change. The unnecessary changes are causing excessive delays to the voting process. This comes at a time when our neighboring state of Ohio is rolling out new voting machines, moving away from paper ballots. More progressive states, including Colorado, Utah, and even West Virginia are beginning to test forms of mobile voting, embracing modern technology rather than running from it.
Let our state officials know that this nonsense needs to stop. Electronic voting machines need to go back to modern voting machines or adopt new technologies before it cause even bigger issues and delays during the 2020 presidential elections.