a paper trail

paper trail

Physical or digital documentation of a person's activities. The con artist wrote fraudulent checks all over the state, leaving a paper trail for police to follow. Frank swore that he wasn't using the company's computer for illegal activities, but the digital paper trail he left proved otherwise.
See also: paper, trail

a paper trail

A paper trail is written evidence of someone or something's activities. Police investigations found a paper trail of checks that were written on false bank accounts. Unlike conventional voting systems, many electronic systems leave no paper trail to allow results to be double-checked.
See also: paper, trail
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550, a bill that would require electronic voting equipment to have a paper trail, something 27 states already require and 23 others are likely to require soon.
The failing of electronic voting machines to produce a paper trail is an invitation for corruption or, at the very least, the appearance of corruption.
(This could happen in a traditional system, but auditors would have a paper trail to check.) The auditor should be concerned that accounts receivable and revenue could be overstated if too many goods were shipped or that a contingent liability might exist if too few goods were shipped.
But the lack of a paper trail or any system of accountability shows that--other than a quaint naive assumption--there are no indications that they aren't.