July 23rd, 2007
10:17 PM ET
10 years ago

Richardson calls for paper trail on election day

(CNN) - Gov. Bill Richardson, D-New Mexico, said the U.S. needs to have a paper trail from the voting machines on election day.

"My state was one of those... that because of the touch tones there was uncertainty about the elections," Richardson said.

He says the paper trail would not only fix the problem of uncertainty but it would help improve low voter turnout.

"We have close to 50% of those Americans eligible to vote voting. That is inexcusable compared to many other nations. We need to have same-day registration."

Richardson also took aim at the GOP. "We need to have an effort to get the Republican party to stop suppressing minority voters."

- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

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  1. Mark Lodes, St. Louis, MO

    Right on! A twelve copy paper trail. Paper is permanent. We do paper for local and federal elections here in Overland. & you get to watch your vote go by on ticker tape. We should all be assigned a random one use only vote count number and the paper record should be published on the web so that we can check after the fact, against our votes, to see that they were counted correctly in the recount if necessary.

    July 23, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  2. Mark Lodes, St. Louis, MO

    Additionally I move that we redistrict the voting counties of the USA, and allow for republicans to all submit their votes as absentee ballots directly from Dubai, leaving the rest of the country to vote for the democrats.

    July 23, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  3. Jane, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Keeping a verifiable paper trail via optical scanners with random audits is vital if we are to remain a democracy after what we have seen in the most recent elections. It should not be possible for thousands of votes to go missing.

    July 23, 2007 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    How is the republican party suppressing minority votes? I want proof Richardson, not accusations.

    July 24, 2007 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  5. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Anonymous ... you want proof?

    It's called ‘caging’.

    ‘Caging’ was a 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign scheme to challenge, on false evidence, the right to vote of tens of thousand of Black voters. It refers to efforts to disqualify voters who fail to sign for registered (campaign) mail sent to their houses. Here’s how caging works: letters were sent “Do Not Forward” to voters at home addresses. When the letters were returned to sender (”caged”), the voter’s right to vote was challenged. The letters, however, were targeted at African-American homeless men, students — and soldiers send overseas — all legal voters - who, because they were shipped to Iraq or for other reasons, were not at their home address at the time the mail was delivered and thus did not (and could not) answer the registered mail. Their voter’s registration, and thus their right to vote, is challenged either at the polls or via attempts to remove them from the voter rolls - usually without their knowledge. BBC obtained 50 ‘caging’ lists with 70,000 voters including large groups of servicemen. Jeb Bush used the technique to stop thousands of black and Hispanic voters from voting [Democrat] in Florida.

    If the only proof that you'll believe is Rove actually admitting it, you'll NEVER see any proof. That would be like Bush admitting his Iraq war has been a disaster.

    July 24, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |