Say it with me: “Electronic voting is B-A-D”

Wizbang: This Doesn’t Sound Too Good

Winds of Change: Electronic Voting: Truly, Deeply Stupid

The lack of a paper trail is disturbing. The lack of basic information security is troubling. The lack of public outrage is troubling.

Is there anything we can do about it at this point? Would a massive letter-writing, e-mailing, and phone-calling campaign to local, state, and national representatives be able to change the plans? Would a lawsuit be able to get an injunction?

I’m not barking at the moon here, am I?

However, I’m not really buying a claim made by a friend of mine recently. He seems to think that charges of election fraud will only sound legit if used against the Republicans. While I understand that perception may be quite different from reality, does anyone truly believe that only Republican-supporting people or groups would mess with the election?

Go read the posts above. And the comments on each. Very good, very important stuff.

Comments

  1. Murdoc wrote: ‘While I understand that perception may be quite different from reality, does anyone truly believe that only Republican-supporting people or groups would mess with the election?’ The companies that make the machines give alot of cash to the Republicans is why the perception is that the elections could be fixed in the favor of Republicans. I don’t see why this has to be a partisan issue though, honest Republicans should also be concerned about the possibility of fixed elections. The software is easily hacked from what I’ve read and with no paper trail…an election could be fixed by EITHER side, really. It is in everyones best interest that all of our elections be fair. A paper trail would help confidence as results could be double checked if there is any doubt.

  2. MG: Great comment. That’s EXACTLY what I’m talking about. (Eerie, you and I agreeing on something.) I know that the Republicans appear to have more opportunities to mess with the results, but I don’t think we’re in a case of ‘If it’s been tampered with, it MUST be the Republicans.’ The security doesn’t really seem to exist, and almost anyone with a mind to do so could probably make trouble. In fact, this perception that the Republicans would be more able to do so might give some cover to opponents. It’s non-partisan, and I think anyone who loves our government and freedom should be deeply troubled by this. But I don’t see or hear much from either side of the aisle or from John Q. Public.