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View Diary: NOW can we retire the "Republicans stealing the election with voting machines" claims? (56 comments)

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  •  I can't believe I need to explain this to you: (0+ / 0-)

    E-voting may be fixable, but the first, essential step in building a movement that demands that fix is educating and energizing the populace as to the real potential for tampering.

    The ability to hack the vote is widely known in the IT community, and it's just a matter of time before it happens (if it hasn't happened already).

    "We've switched from torture to assassination -- is that supposed to be moral progress?" h/t Susie Madrak, C&L

    by WisePiper on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 04:49:34 PM PST

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    •  I am quite aware of the problem (1+ / 0-)
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      having worked on it since 2002 when I worked with Bev Harris (back before she went off the deep end). I was there when the Diebold code was pulled down and analyzed at DU, and I coined the term "black box voting".

      Educating the populace is one thing, fear-mongering is another.

      The chance of an election being screwed up by faulty code/malfunctioning machine is several orders of magnitude more likely than by criminally altered code.

      If you wish to get laws changed, you must concentrate on the former, and eschew the latter. Otherwise, you are written off as a nut, and no politicians/election official will work with you. You may not think that fair, but that is reality, and reality trumps "feelings".

      We got the law changed in North Carolina by staying clear of any hint of dark cabals bent on controlling elections, and concentrated instead on the ACTUAL, PROVABLE faults in the voting machines, the code, and the process. End result, we fixed the issue seven years ago, while other states are still whining about it (Florida, I am looking at you!).

      The question is, do we want to fix the problem, or simply complain about it?

      Like it or not, if we walk into a public hearing and start talking about people secretly reprogramming voting machines to throw the results, we come across the same as people claiming Obama was born in Kenya.

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