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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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With electronic voting and no paper trail, there is no way to verify that claim.
Paper trail of votes will be used in all the 50,128 polling stations in the state to ensure transparency, Joti said.
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The paper trail system is meant to supplement the existing procedure of voting and it allows voters to verify their respective votes.
Among the ideas drawing interest: adding paper trail backups to thousands of electronic voting machines.
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The seven figure deal has enabled The Paper Trail, which is the charitable trust that owns the mill, to open the new centre offering visitors the opportunity to learn more about the heritage of the mill, provide exhibition facilities, a cafe and educational exhibits for school parties and visitors.
If the fire chief and building inspector gave them a list of things to fix, there should be a paper trail.
style voting machines to proliferate without requiring them to produce a paper trail that can be audited to ensure that the results are accurate.