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County Decides to Purchase
Controversial Voting Machines

Despite deep public concern and warnings from experts, the Lancaster County Commissioners voted 2-1, with Molly Henderson voting against, to proceed with the purchase of 92 used electronic voting machines. Computer science professionals have criticized the machines as vulnerable to pre-programming or hacking. Critics urge that electronic machines should be used only when there is a verifiable "paper trail" of all votes.

City resident Randolph Carney, a field service engineer who works extensively with computer systems, said at the Commissioners' Sept. 6 meeting: "No machine made by man is infallible."

The machines will be used in the upcoming November elections.