Gambling Machines Subject to Enormous Scrutiny; Voting Machines Not

This New York Times editorial is quite remarkable: it notes the extreme care that Nevada takes to ensure that all gambling machines conform to tight standards that are rigorously and randomly checked. It's actually a perfect model for voting machine development, deployment, and testing. The gambling industry rakes in billions on these machines, so consumers must be protected from fraud--and the industry from folks who try to game the gaming machines. But voting a money-losing enterprise. Low bids, no oversight, and lots of handringing are all we've seen in the revelations of how poorly made and tested most machines are.