Voter Verifiable Paper Trail
A Senate committee approved a bill implementing new voting machine standards that would require a paper record of each ballot cast and require sample hand counts to ensure accurate totals. Counties would be limited to using three voting systems: optical scan ballot machines, electronic recording machines, or paper ballots counted by hand. Electronic machines, which caused problems in Carteret and Burke Counties in November, 2004, would have to generate a paper record that is "viewable by the voter before the vote is cast electronically," although it could not be touched by the voter because it would serve as a backup for recounts. Computer programming code for voting machines must be made available for review by political parties and state officials. The bill now heads to the Senate floor.