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Californians: You Can Ask for a Paper Ballot

Dan Gillmor is not an alarmist, but on his E-Journal blog, he is cautioning his California readers that they are entitled to ask for a paper ballot. Gillmor ((author of “We the Media,” a great book about citizen journalism) explains he plans to vote with a paper ballot, since Santa Clara County is using an electronic voting method that does not have a “voter-verifiable paper trail.” Availability of paper ballots is information worth sharing with library users, other librarians, and poll workers. (Make it a teachable moment, and include a thirty-second explanation of voter-verified voting.)

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