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Wednesday, December 17, 2003 8:37 pm

The perfect storm

Filed under: Black-box voting — Lex @ 8:37 pm

Black-Box Voting encounters the perfect storm: An electronic vendor, a Republican elections supervisor (who already has given a testimonial for the vendor), two Republican opponents and a 27-vote margin in one of the five largest media markets in the nation.

This could be good.

In related news, an audit has determined that voting-machine maker Diebold used uncertified software in all 17 California counties in which its machines were used. Software in 14 counties had been certified by the feds but not by state authorities, as required under state law, and software in the other three counties (including Los Angeles) had not been certified at either level. These machines were used in two elections, including the recent recall that put Arnold Schwarzenegger into office.

The state’s Secretary of State is threatening to de-certify the company, and based on this quote, I’d say this guy gets it:

“The core of our American democracy is the right to vote,” [Kevin] Shelley said. “Implicit in that right is the notion that that vote be private, that vote be secure, and that vote be counted as it was intended when it was cast by the voter. And I think what we’re encountering is a pivotal moment in our democracy where all of that is being called into question.”

We are indeed at a pivotal, historic moment: We voters reassert ownership of the election process, or we kiss our most sacred right goodbye. I know which way I’m voting.

CLARIFICATION: I failed to explain the relevance of the party affiliation of the people mentioned above. Although Republicans nationally have been slower to try to address this issue than Democrats, my point was not that. Rather, my point is that the people involved in this case all belong to the same party, so whatever dispute may arise cannot be dismissed as simply partisan griping.

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