The Dayton Daily News has a story on the state abandoning electronic voting for optical scan ballots. For the most part the story’s pretty typical. Blackwell says only optical scan machines can be used… Counties X, Y, and Z were planning to switch from one system to electronic systems… Board of Elections Directors were surprised by the decision… and so on…
But it’s the very first line in the article that’s mind-boggling:

Ohio voting is poised to enter the 19th century.

How is upgrading to optical scan ballots entering the 19th century?
Unless my knowledge of history is very wrong, Abraham Lincoln never filled out a Scantron form. General Custer didn’t require a #2 pencil to fill in the ovals at West Point. Ballots are being optically read and tallied by a computer, this is not 19th century technology here!

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