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This is something that I've already blogged/diaried about, but it's still heavy on my mind.  

We have heard, in the past, much about the new electronic voting machines and how easily they are tampered with.  Yet in the past year, I have seen perhaps only three mentions of it across the internet and they were never really discussed.

This worries me a lot.

Have I missed a debunking of the idea that these are easily tampered with devices?  Has someone realized that the republican tactics used in the 2000 and 2004 elections to intimidate voters was just a few isolated instances. Or that they don't portend even worse behavior from the poor misled tea partiers who believe that our president is a secret muslim alien socialist nazi, and that everything a liberal candidate stands for is ruining our country?

It worries me that no one is discussing this.  It seems as if any questions of legitimacy regarding the outcome of November's vote is being taken off of the table.  I'm seeing the majority of people seeming to want one thing and a tiny minority trying to take control, yet no one seems to worry that this tiny minority might try to pull a fast one to take elections around the nation using these very easily hacked electronic devices.  

I am a computer programmer myself and the evidence I've seen regarding the security of the voting machines is frightening.  Please someone tell me that I'm worrying about something that has been covered; that some agency or bi-partisan watch-dog is in place to ensure that the outcomes reported by the media are the actual outcomes and not some deluded tea-partiers effort to game the system.  We cannot afford to let them steal this election and apathy about this subject could easily hand it to them.

Originally posted to Myrddnn on Thu Sep 30, 2010 at 02:46 PM PDT.


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Comment Preferences

  •  OK (1+ / 0-)
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    Please someone tell me that I'm worrying about something that has been covered

    You are worrying about something that has been covered,

  •  CNN did a piece this afternoon about the issue (0+ / 0-)

    Analysis: Our votes are counted accurately -- aren't they?


  •  We worry about this every year (0+ / 0-)

    Both sides do. Voting is far more secure than it used to be. Every voting system can be tampered with.

    Both sides have lawyers and experts to make sure things go as smoothly as possible. We're going to be fine. Were any of the polls wrong last year? Were any races lost that were expected to be landslides?

    People panic too much on this site.

    by thematt523 on Thu Sep 30, 2010 at 03:17:09 PM PDT

  •  It's as if the Democrats WANT to lose seats. (0+ / 0-)

    I think they play this good cop/bad cop game best when the government is divided. Then they don't have to do anything for the people because they can always blame the Republicans for the failure of the pro-people legislation. The bill failed... by just a couple of votes. :(

    Pro-corporate legislation, on the other hand, always scrapes just a couple of votes. :)

    I'm energized for November but if the Democratic Party does not shape up in the coming 2 years, I'm turning teabagger. Maybe it will then be time for endless Republican administrations until this country crashes and burns. Maybe this country needs to crash and burn before the Phoenix can rise up and we get real representation in government. :|

  •  The comments above are entirely ignorant (0+ / 0-)

    I am a Founding Member of Open Voting Consortium, which has designed an Open Source voting system that produces paper ballots protected with cryptographic security and auditability measures. We have a lot of interest from state and local governments, particularly from California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, but no commitments of funding, waivers of expensive legal requirements, or purchases. Our system does not require expensive secret testing, but that is all that the misnamed Help America Vote Act permits today.

    Black Box Voting continues to document the seriousness of the problem. Electronic voting machines may have changed election outcomes, but we have no way to tell because they are unauditable by design.

    I think the lack of attention is just due to the Right wing wackadoodle shrieking that has drowned out nearly every legitimate issue this year. Our hope must be to soundly defeat Tea Party candidates in November, and demonstrate to Democrats how to run successfully against Republicans.

    Busting the Dog Whistle code.

    by Mokurai on Thu Sep 30, 2010 at 03:38:59 PM PDT

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