Friday, December 10, 2004

More on voting machine rigging

I've never been much of a conspiracy fancier. There's just too much going on for real to be bothered with tales of the Bavarian Illuminati or pin-the-blame on the Black Helicopter outfits, but there is some real possibility that we may actually get to the bottom the the suspected vote-rigging problem, although certainly not before the Electoral College casts their votes (who counts their votes?).

Zogby International (the pollster guy), considered to be the best in the business, has posted an article from the Missoula, MT Independent that pretty much covers all you need to know on the status quo (yeah, I actually wrote that). A sample:

"The Bush administration’s “fix” of the 2000 election debacle (the Help America Vote Act) made crooked elections considerably easier, by foisting paperless electronic voting on states before the bugs had been worked out or meaningful safeguards could be installed."


"The Wall Street Journal recently revealed that “Verified Voting, a group formed by a Stanford University professor to assess electronic voting, has collected 31,000 reports of election fraud and other problems.”

The article goes on to talk about "mathematical impossibilities" in voting patterns. It's all very well reported and hat's off to Alan Waldman, the Missoula Independent and Zogby. You might want to check out Black Box Voting while you're at it. Additionally, a good summary of the situation can be found at T r u t h o u t, here.

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