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The uncertainty about the accuracy and security of electronic votes threatens to erode the confidence of the electorate in the value of voting, but since any fraud would have to involve an employee of the manufacturer, a government official, or both, it's hard to prove. Any individual who did come forward to expose the fraud would be doing so for purely altruistic reasons, and would be subject to vicious attempts at revenge by those who seek to cover up the illegal activity. Even if someone deep within one of the companies remembers their duty as a citizen to protect the integrity of the system, they'd be taking a hell of a risk.

Great risk deserves great reward. Some Democrat who has the money to credibly do so shout offer a ten million dollar reward for any information that leads to a successful prosecution of fraud using electronic voting machines. Ten million bucks could do a lot to make someone with an attack of conscience decide that honesty is the best policy.

Compared to the vast sums being throw around during this campaign, ten million isn't much - and unlike the money for campaign commercials that don't change any minds, this cash will only be spent if it is effective. Even a single successful prosecution will have ripple effects around the country as the security of the various systems is questioned, and if the money is never collected then we might have some greater confidence in the integrity of the system.

It would be very interesting to see what some of the people who are yowling about electoral fraud by illegal individual voting would do when this reward was announced - I hink it would be very difficult to oppose.

I don't have ten million - but someone who reads this might. Can you spare it to save our entire democracy? It will only be spent if it saves our country.    

6:20 AM PT: Note: The word Felony should have been in there - the reward should be for conviction of felony frauds only, to avoid petty claims.


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