I'm really sort of suprised that the Chuck Hagel voting machine story hasn't been getting more play. This is something that is fairly obvious and easy to understand: if there's no paper trail from the ballot machine, you don't know who you actually voted for. If there's no exit polling, there's no independent check on who people think they voted for.
I was saying things like this, half in jest, after the recent elecetions, when Maryland used touch-screen machines for the first time. I'm still not sure who I voted for; I only know who I intended to vote for.
I am sure that I don't like the touch screens. I am sure that the situation sucks.
I'm not sure about how to go about starting to change it.