e-Voting: The real boogeyman of (in)decision 2008

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    Sep 05, 2008 5:30 PM GMT
    Regardless of your political affiliation or leanings, there is a major issue that is going largely under-reported, but which calls into question the veracity of every election where electronic voting machines are involved. You think hanging chads were bad, just wait until the masses (on whichever side is the losing ticket) begin to challenge election results that have virtually no audit trail.

    The abundance of practical problems with electronic voting is not the fundamental violation of our democracy. The fundamental violation is that when computers are used to record and count votes, ordinary people cannot observe the process.

    As we approach the 2008 general election, the structure of elections in the United States — once reliant on local representatives accountable to the public — has become almost wholly dependent on large corporations, which are not accountable to the public. Most local officials charged with running elections are now unable to administer elections without the equipment, services, and trade-secret software of a small number of corporations.

    A running list of e-Voting failures/problems/glitches:

    This issue needs to be addressed at the state level. Contact your state's Secretary of State or elections agency to demand audit-able voting systems prior to the November elections.
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    Sep 06, 2008 12:25 AM GMT
    I wonder who DIEBOLD'S choice for president will be?
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    Sep 06, 2008 12:27 AM GMT
    gettoknowit saidNo, you see the people's vote does matter and the election is thereby determined by registered voters who are citizens of the United States of America.

    How can it matter if election results can be corrupted by software glitches, or worse, by direct manipulation? Party registration/affiliation doesn't represent voters who vote across party lines, so an evaluation of party affiliation doesn't provide a sufficient remedy. Vote tallies MUST be auditable or the results of every election that includes eVoting results are veiled under a cloud of suspicion.