|| And that's why you need a paper trail...
||Oct. 13th, 2003 02:27 pm|
Illegal changes made to US voting computers?|
(Not posted to globaldefence as this story is intranational).
Cynical people might think that the lack of a paper trail was deliberate, especially in a nation with a long history of interesting electoral practices. If I was an American I would be very worried about attempts to introduce these machines.
Cynical people might think that the lack of a paper trail was deliberate
I'm still trying to find someone who thinks it isn't
They might also point to the repeated allegations (on RISKS
amonst other places) about *very* close ties between prominent Republicans and the boards of the leading voting machine companies.
If I was an American I would be very worried about attempts to introduce these machines.
It's a bit late for that - I think about half of US elections are done using these or similar machines.
I really ought to get my act together to vote in the US. I was kicking myself at the last presidential election, but it would have never occurred to me to vote in Florida, and they didn't count most of the overseas votes anyway. And I'm not calling a premium rate phone line to talk to the American Embassy. Might just have to take a day off to go down there and cause grief. :)
I had a terrible "I'm too far into the bubble" moment a week or so ago when I realised that not everyone else knew about this already when it came up in conversation with mattp
. Between that and the second-past-the-post electoral system, I worry about using the word "democracy" as an adjective when talking about the US )o:=
Speaking of dubious elections, have you seen stolenvotes.org.uk
This is probably why my home state of Minnesota does NOT use voting machines. We just check boxes on a piece of paper and put that paper into a big box, which is guarded. No hanging chads, no silly problems with levers, and certainly very few chances to be confused by the ballot. It's easier to read than one of those old "fill in the bubble" tests. We don't have recounts or allegations of fraud in our elections up here, either. Perhaps the rest of the US should take an example from us? (Well, except for North Dakota, since they do the same thing already.)