“In an effort to prevent fraud, California’s top election official Friday ordered all counties using electronic voting systems to provide voters with printed receipts by 2006.
‘As the state progresses with new technology, all Californians must have confidence that every vote cast is a vote counted,’ said California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley. ‘These new requirements will provide this confidence.’
Shelley’s decision could prompt other states to adopt similar rules as they update their balloting systems. That’s because California has more than 10 percent of the nation’s voters, and companies that sell the machines here likely will offer them elsewhere. “