This seems like a step in the right direction, but I’m concerned with some of the language:
The Lankford bill would enshrine this thinking into federal law. “Funds received under a grant under this section may not be used for any voting system that records each vote in electronic storage unless the system is an optical scanner that reads paper ballots,” the bill says.
This would seem to discourage an electronic system that generates a paper ballot that can be verified by the voter and later used for recounts, etc. I’m certainly not versed in the specifics of these systems, but I don’t see an immediate problem with keeping the UI electronic while also allowing for an audit trail.