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‘The Daily Show’ explains why America’s voting machines suck

Many of America's voting machines are terrifyingly unreliable.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw


Posted on Nov 10, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 4:29 pm CDT

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Here’s some great news for democracy: America’s voting machines are total garbage.

While the 2000 election led to a $2 billion investment in new voting machines, those devices are now out of date and frequently inaccurate. In a Daily Show segment Monday night, correspondent Ronnie Chieng visited some election experts to discuss America’s disaster-prone voting technology. He wasn’t impressed by what he heard.

At one point, Chieng discovered that a room full of $6,000 voting machines relied on battery-powered memory cards—and that, if those batteries failed, thousands of votes would be lost.

This segment has us seriously worried about 2016.

Screengrab via The Daily Show

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*First Published: Nov 10, 2015, 9:15 am CST