The ideal voting system would minimize the number of translation steps, and make those remaining as simple as possible.
In the wake of last November's election, pundits have called for more accurate voting and vote counting.
To most people, this obviously means more technology.
The voter checks the paper ballot for accuracy, and then drops it into a sealed ballot box.
The paper ballots are the "official" votes and can be used for recounts, and the computer provides a quick initial tally.
Stones and pot shards dropped in Greek vases led to paper ballots dropped in sealed boxes.