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.