election fraud

Can we stop it from happening (again), or is it too ingrained?

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  1. mark
    Posted October 26, 2006 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    In case you can’t see it, that’s a Bush/Cheney sticker on the back of the Diebold van.

  2. egpenet
    Posted October 27, 2006 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    Vote by absentee ballot. Use the application Dingle sent to request one. Or, go to City Hall and get one.

    The optical scanners work fine here in Ypsi. And the scanner sheets create a paper trail. But if you’re somewhere else around here with a different system … go absentee.

  3. Dr Cherry
    Posted October 27, 2006 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    The EFF has some great info on issues with e-voting:

    http://www.eff.org/Activism/E-voting/

  4. Tony Buttons Esq.
    Posted October 27, 2006 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    I think the deadline for requesting absentee ballots in Michigan is today.

    And we’re totally fucked with e-voting.

  5. egpenet
    Posted October 27, 2006 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Like I said, our scanners have a paper trail … no problem.

  6. mike_1630
    Posted October 28, 2006 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    I’d feel better about voting in Mexico than I would in the US – does our paperless voting system even pass the laugh-test?

    I think we can stop it – but first we have to un-privatize our vote… a corporation should not be in charge of counting or conducting our vote.

  7. egpenet
    Posted October 28, 2006 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    The scanners in Ypsi have a paper trail.

    And by the way …

    You GOTTA read: The Worst Congress Ever … an article written by Matt Taibbi in the current Rolling Stone. (Click on: rollingstone.com)

    Afterwards, pop a handful of Mentos and swig an 8oz. glass of Coke.

    Then, you’ll know why even the Democrats are scared about winning … they will have a total mess on their hands and the House and Senate Rules will be just the beginning.

    Happy Halloween out there in D.C.!

    Also check out the article in the same online issue entitled: The 10 Worst People in Congress. (Pass the Mentos one more time, please.)

  8. ol' e cross
    Posted October 28, 2006 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    Sometimes, okay often, when I vote for something online (like who was the hottest Project Runway model) I keep deleting my cookies so it lets me vote again and again.

    I also do that everytime I read the Ann Arbor News online so I can fill in an Ypsi zip code and make them think they have more readers here. (And people tell me I’m not doing anything to make a difference.)

    If that works with the online voting, Ol’ E Cross will be your next president and all you MM readers can expect a hot-n-hardy helpin’ of pork.

  9. ol' e cross
    Posted October 28, 2006 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    Sometimes, okay often, when I vote for something online (like who was the hottest Project Runway model) I keep deleting my cookies so it lets me vote again and again.

    I also do that everytime I read the Ann Arbor News online so I can fill in an Ypsi zip code and make them think they have more readers here. (And people tell me I’m not doing anything to make a difference.)

    If that works with the online voting, Ol’ E Cross will be your next president and all you MM readers can expect a hot-n-hardy helpin’ of pork.

  10. egpenet
    Posted October 29, 2006 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    Need a VP, OEC? I’m your man.

  11. Sam
    Posted October 30, 2006 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    I’ve said before, but there is absolutely no justifiable reason to ever have closed source software running a voting system. There cannot possibly be anything that innovative in a vote tabulating program, that needs to be protected. All voting machines should be powered by common open source software. All you need is a basic user interface, and a counter. There is nothing earth shattering here. Any company that is not willing to open their source code to inspection should simply be excluded, no questions asked. The people make the rules here not diebold, ES&S, etc. This is too important to leave in the hands of the likes Wally O’Dell and his “peers”.

    Also the idea of having elected partisan officials in charge of the electoral process is just plain stupid. Frankly I prefer to just go back to just printing paper ballots and marking them with a pen. It isn’t perfect, but it’s probably better than any of the electronic systems in use today.

  12. egpenet
    Posted October 30, 2006 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    You stand corrected, Sam … the Repubublicans who head the House & Senate Committees make the rules for everyone … and the Diebold contracts, among others, were simply doled out (no pun on Dole intended) in attachments to other ammendments that nobody read or had time to read before they went to the floor. This congress is a mess and we are its intended victims. Vote on Tuesday to help begin to change this … I hope the Dems can and will.

  13. Sam
    Posted November 1, 2006 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Actually, congress only defines some very minimal requirements. They also hand out cash to states to buy equipment. The actual decision as to which equipment to buy is entirely up to state and local officials. The lack of technical competence on the part of these officials combined with the corrupt system of having partisan elected officials in charge of the system is what allows these defective systems to be bought.

  14. egpenet
    Posted November 1, 2006 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    In Ypsilanti, if your OCR ballot is not read, you immediately know and can re-vote on a new ballot. This is also true if there is a stray mark or any other error. Take your time in the booth, double-check your votes and then hand it in to the clerk.

  15. mark
    Posted August 24, 2008 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Diebold finally admits that their products don’t work… Of course, there’s now no time to find other systems before November.

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