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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Dreaming of Different Outcomes

THE BRAD BLOG: "Democracy Breakin': Ohio's Electric Boogaloo": "&hellips;he again takes for granted that results counted on newly invented and programmed voting machines, verified and double-checked for accuracy by nobody, should be trusted instead. That, despite U.S. Homeland Security warnings from just prior to last year's election verifying that Diebold's central vote tabulators are hackable by just a single malicious user, and the non-partisan GAO Report, released barely a month ago after a year-long investigation, which showed that Electronic Voting Machines are not secure, not properly certified and indeed confirming that '[C]oncerns about electronic voting machines have been realized and have caused problems with recent elections, resulting in the loss and miscount of votes.'"
We knew that Bu$hco, founders of the Neo-Robber-Baron party, stole the election in 2000 through the Judicial Activism of the Supreme Court of the United States. It comes as something of a surprise to learn that the Ohio results could be, not simply close, but scandalously corrupt. There is an increasingly large body of evidence that the election system in Ohio has been corrupted by the corporate interests that control the new voting technology. As frequent users of computer technology, it is evident to us that the opaque nature of the voting systems built by Diebold create an environment of doubt and a seedbed for corruption. Computer technology is fascinating, powerful and helpful. It is, however, far from perfect and in no way should the technology be employed without fully redundant systems checks. Furthermore, transparency in the systems seems to be required for any endeavor of such a critical nature. For the integrity of the voting process is critical to the survival of any form of democratic government. It is an embarassment to this nation that we may need the assistance of The Carter Center to ensure the integrity of our elections.

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