To various degrees, the history of elections is fraught with fraud, going back as far as elections have been held. However, with electronic voting (sometimes known as “e-voting”) machines, the potential for cheating is greater than ever as computer coding and re-programming can enable fraud in more calculated and automated ways than were possible previously.
In recent years, political observers such as Roger Stone and others have warned of the dangers of voting machine fraud. Particularly in cases where the machines are electronic, it’s almost too easy for hackers and others to facilitate this.
There have been documented cases of e-voting fraud in Florida in the elections of 2000 and 2004; even many computer experts acknowledge the possibility for fraud, and they caution that paper trails should be mandatory for all voting machines.
Believe it or not, because the expenses of verification, auditing and printing hard copies of records are so great, the costs of electronic voting can often match or exceed those of mechanical methods.