The electronic voting machine the ATM of democracy was the clear wave of the future a mere decade ago. After the nation, was thrown into electoral chaos by the 2000 Election of The Hanging Chads, Congress fronted the states billions of dollars through the Help America Vote Act to develop new technologies that would avoid a replay of those woes.
But that was then, and this is now. Now, the electronic voting machines that Utah and most other states invested so much money and faith in have already been pronounced obsolete. They were expensive, sometimes balky and, most important of all, highly mistrusted by many who feared that they could be hacked by one party or the other as a 21st century way of stealing elections.
As explained in a Salt Lake Tribune article Monday, manufacturers are no longer making such machines and, as a result, it will soon be difficult or impossible to get service or spare parts for the ones that have been in use. And, without a pot of money from Uncle Sam at the ready, states and counties will have to come up with yet another way to conduct the primary act of democratic government.