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    There are basically two possibilities--none of us truly knows which one is true: either the machines are rigged, or they are not rigged (leaving aside the issues of inadequate security, lack of backup, and generally not being up to international standards).

    If the machines are rigged, then the Republicans win whether you vote or not. On the other hand, if the machines are not rigged, and the actual vote-counting software is essentially accurate (not the same as secure or verifiable, but votes in=results), yet left-wingers don't vote because they don't trust the machines, then the Republicans can "legitimately" claim a win. If you assume the machines are rigged and don't vote, Republicans are guaranteed a win. If you vote anyway (for most people this is not a big sacrifice), there is the possibility of defeating the Republicans. Unfortunately, the only way to get election reform in most places is by electing officials who will support election reform.

    I'm not saying elections haven't been stolen, by the way. From what I've seen, Republicans are still stealing elections the old fashioned way--by keeping blacks and poor people from being able to vote. And by pouring money into ad campaigns that convince middle-class whites to either vote for them or stay home. I wouldn't put it past them to have started the whole "Diebold is rigging the election for us" meme, actually.

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Tue Feb 07, 2006 at 09:18:23 AM PST

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