I know you are and I don't mean to come off harsh if I have. I think that many times we want something to be better than it is. No but that comes with other issues. I think that's why places started going to higher tech solutions. Initial cost high but accuracy rates high as well and results quicker. Last night results were showing up in 20mins or so after the polling closed in my state for certain precincts. It's funny you mention that we were just talking about it last night at dinner the infamous "chad" issue back in the 2000 election. I think that some people would have issues with that especially in regards to privacy. More or less announcing that you voted or that you did vote. Plus how would people feel about placing your fingerprint on something? I know banks still do that when it comes to accounts but I feel differently about that in regards to a voting requirement that is my right as being a citizen. We already have issues surrounding voter ID laws. We have 50 states set up where certain decisions are left up to the state to make decisions for their citizens. I don't always think what one state doesn't allow is fair but it's a catch 22 all around for forcing every county and every state to be the same. Even if I think everywhere should have the ability to early vote I concede that there are states out there that don't allow that and making them do it as a mandate may be unreasonable. And TBH sometimes allowing the states to make their own decisions rather than forcing something can work in one's favor (depending on your own outlook). For example marijuana, even just for medicinal purposes, is still illegal at the Federal level but is not illegal at the state level for certain states. On the other hand the ability to get married if you are in a same-sex relationship is something I'm very glad that is legal in all 50 states...but to that note that was a moral or religious issue rather than a financial issue. I see requiring all places to have the same voting machines/methods, moving a lot of things around, etc as much more of a financial issue IMO.