Electronic voting systems avoided the virtual meltdown that some people had predicted during the US election. But critics said the technology still has significant shortcomings that raise questions about the validity of the results tabulated by the machines.
Officials in various states said they encountered relatively minor glitches, such as a North Carolina county's inability to account for about 4,500 ballots cast on touch-screen systems. Nonetheless, the apparently largely successful use of the 175,000 or so e-voting systems deployed throughout much of the U.S. led proponents to call the election a validation of the technology.
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