Secretary of State Bowen did something very irresponsible by decertifying electronic voting machines under a short notice for the upcoming February 2008 Primary Election. Yes, Bowen campaigned on skepticism of electronic voting machines because the base in the Democratic Party was afraid that the voting machine manufactures delivered the victory for President Bush in Ohio.
No voting method is indeed perfect. From paper ballots to electronic voting systems there will be a way that elections can be manipulated.
If we want to step towards the wave of the future, perhaps California needs to adapt open source standards in their voting technology. We should look towards the Australians in how they run their electronic voting machines.
UPDATE: Letter published in Tuesday August 7th edition of the Los Angeles Times.