From Andrew Case, posting at Transterrestrial Musings:
Basically the commentator felt that since ATMs are so reliable, we should trust voting machines. This completely ignores that fact that ATM errors have multiple redundant means of catching errors, since they generate a paper trail at the time of the transaction, the customer has additional opportunities to catch errors when they receive their bank statement, and the bank has enormous incentives to ensure correct accounting if they want to stay in business. If there is a potential problem with an ATM it can be taken off line for a couple of days until it is fixed.
In the case of electronic voting machines, they are put to the test once every couple of years, set up by people with minimal training, there is no independent audit trail, and there is considerable incentive to falsify votes, knowing that if you are successful you or your allies will control the investigation into what happened.
I do not buy claims that only the GOP would try to falsify the election. Michael Moore and his legion probably think that’s the case, and I’ve had people tell me that to my face, but it’s pretty ridiculous.
In any event, I’m worried about this. Not specifically because I expect electronic cheating. I’m worried because we will all always be worried about electronic cheating. Because claims that the other side committed electronic cheating will always carry weight. Because distrust of government plus distrust of electronic devices equals overwhelming expectation of electronic cheating.
I just don’t see any bright side. I don’t see any benefit. I don’t see any reason to attempt to commit national suicide.