“We are a nation of laws, not men and women.” - John Adams, second president of the United States
In the 1982 film “The Verdict,” Paul Newman plays a down-and-out Boston lawyer who stumbles into a major medical malpractice case. Faced with long odds and fighting a corrupt system, Newman goes for broke in his closing argument.
“Today, you are the law,” he tells the jury. “You are the law. Not some book. Not the lawyers. Not a marbled statue. Not the trappings of the court....I believe there is justice in our hearts.”
The integrity of the vote is central to the democratic process. But integrity isn’t always cheap.
It will cost Lehigh County between $3.5 to $4 million to comply with a new voter verifiable paper voting system mandate required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to prevent Election Day hacking. The new system requires a paper trail for each ballot cast.
“We saw it coming,” said Timothy Benyo, Lehigh County’s chief clerk of registration and elections, of the changes. “We would have been moving toward it eventually.”