When I first posted about the book “Black Box Voting” and my role in it, I emphasized that I believed the issue — the security and sanctity of our votes in an era of computerized voting — to be one that everyone ought to be able to agree on, regardless of party. But even as news of the issues covered by the book has begun creeping from Blogworld onto the pages of mainstream media, the people making the most noise about it have tended overwhelmingly to be Democrats. Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., has introduced legislation — H.R. 2239, The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2003 — that would address the security issues raised by touch-screen voting machines, but he has yet to get a single Republican co-sponsor.
Even if you’re the most partisan of Republicans, that failure is — and I’m trying to be delicate here — nuts. There are many good reasons why Republicans ought to be just as concerned about the issue as Democrats. In fact, here’s one right here.