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paper trail

n. Informal
A series of documents providing evidence of one's actions: "Judges leave a paper trail, a track record of opinions that tell, literally, where they are coming from" (Ellen Goodman).

pa′per trail`


n.
a written or printed record, as of transactions or judicial opinions, esp. when used to incriminate someone.
[1975–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paper trail - the written evidence of someone's activitiespaper trail - the written evidence of someone's activities; "this paper trail consisted mainly of electronically stored information"
written account, written record - a written document preserving knowledge of facts or events
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The judge made the remarks when Congress leader and senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, during the hearing of a petition filed by the BSP seeking introduction of EVM paper trails, said " except South America, no other country uses EVMs.
In October 2013, the SC had directed the EC to introduce paper trails as allegations were being made from time to time that EVM machines were prone to tampering.
Over the last decade, several Texas lawmakers have filed bills to require paper trails on electronic voting machine.
The international group exhibition entitled Paper Trails, Paper Tales will open on Saturday at the exhibition hall of the municipal gardens in Nicosia, to give a look at a modern take on plain paper and its many versatile approaches to making art.
Holt would require some of the states that still do not have paper trails to put them in place for the 2008 presidential election.
Kim Alexander, president of the California Voter Foundation, said a lot of improvements have been made in California election security in the past few years, including voter-verified paper trails and a law that strengthens the requirement that election results be publicly audited.
Congress is aware of these types of voting discrepancies and that failure by the states to implement paper trails, some form of auditing, and voter registration clean-up could result in Congress' using its constitutional authority to refuse to seat a member in a questionable election.
But as their paper trails demonstrate, not all foreigners double-park with the same enthusiasm.
In this book, Jack Tapper does an excellent job of providing readers with myths and truths about paper trails and privacy in corporate America.
It's a fight that grassroots groups have been waging for years, demanding uniform standards, paper trails, and other reforms, such as instant runoff voting.
On the one hand it proposes a `GM-free' label which is in itself reliant on a paper trail, but then criticises traceability systems for using paper trails, despite the fact that most UK food companies have already implemented these systems and that all future EU food safety legislation will be based on full traceability.
This year's emphasis on electronic media paid off as CalCPA nearly doubled television and radio appearances with segments on topics ranging from chasing terrorist paper trails to personal finance and taxes.