Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 8:39 pm

Voting machines: Same old same-old

Filed under: Black-box voting — Lex @ 8:39 pm

Once again, Diebold screws up. Once again, Diebold lies about its screwup. And once again, David catches them at it.

You know what? Screw it. Just forget trying to make secure electronic voting machines. Just go back to paper ballots, counted at each precinct and again downtown, out in the open where anyone who cares can watch.

I know it's heresy for a journalist to say this, but frankly, if paper ballots would give us a more secure, transparent, auditable voting system than what we have now with DREs — and they would — I'm willing to wait a few more hours, or even a day or two, for accurate vote counts. As public policy goes, giving the voting-machine companies chance after chance after chance to get it right, only to be disappointed every single time, just strikes me as idiocy, if not insanity, at this point.

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