Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Chad 2.0

[excerpt from MotherJones]

Computer voting was supposed to revolutionize elections. But has it just updated old problems
Tech experts say voting-terminal technology lags years behind the state of the art in both encryption and design. Not only are the machines susceptible to the kinds of voting mishaps--undervotes, misvotes--that produced Bush v. Gore, but they also may be vulnerable to hackers bent on stealing an election.

Voting companies claim that scenarios involving serious fraud are theoretical and nearly impossible to pull off: Few people have access to the source code or the machines. But the call of "trust us, we're experts" took a blow this summer when the Cleveland Plain Dealer outted Diebold chief executive Walden O'Dell as a major GOP operative. In addition to hosting a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser at his Columbus, Ohio, home, ODell sent out solicitations boasting that he's "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."
Is that the same as, My brother has guaranteed me that I have Florida?


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