Touchscreen Voting: Quick and Easy — but did it count?

I just got back from voting in the California primary. This was my first experience with touchscreen voting — it was much faster and easier than the old punch-card system was. The system guided me through the process, and at the end, it showed me all of my votes on one screen, so I could be sure I’d voted the way I wanted to.

I just wish I had some assurance that the votes shown on my screen were the votes which actually got into the system — all I have to go by is my faith in the county and state elections officials and the voting machine manufacturer. I would be much happier if the system printed out my votes on paper, and that printout would be used in the event of a recount or a dispute.

This particular election is unlikely to be worth hacking, but November will be a different story.