no paper trial, and they suck

I know we haven’t been talking much about the dangers of touch-screen voting lately, but I thought that you might find this little blurb from MIT Technology Review of interest:

According to new documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Diebold mislead state voting officials, claiming that its electronic voting machines would last 20 years. An independent laboratory report said that they will probably only last 8.

So, not only was the Ohio-based manufacturer of electronic voting machines contributing substantial amounts to Republican campaigns, and lobbying hard to keep from having to produce auditable paper trails of the actual votes cast on their machines, but they also apparently lied in order to get their machines sold and in use…

So, just to recap, they aren’t impartial, and they aren’t trustworthy, but yet they’ve been given the responsibility for counting an extremely large percentage of American votes… It makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

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5 Comments

  1. Posted April 22, 2005 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    you say trial…I say trail

    let’s call the whole thing ______.

  2. Posted April 22, 2005 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    It is rather scary when you think about it

  3. Teddy Glass
    Posted April 22, 2005 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    I think I can safely say, without any fear of contradiction, that we’re all a bunch of assholes for not doing more to keep the subject of touch-screen voting in front of people.

    Unfortunately by the time we get pissed about it again it’ll be a few weeks bafore the election and it’ll be too late to do anything.

  4. Jim
    Posted September 15, 2005 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Although it’s likely to send you scurrying for your tin foil hat, I’m sure you’ll be interested in this:
    http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00001838.htm

  5. mark
    Posted September 15, 2005 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    Oh, goody… I didn’t have enough to worry about already… I can’t wait to see what this is.

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