Friday, January 4, 2008

Ohio's vote is gonna be screwed up again (and again)....

Ohio is going back to Optical Scanners.

For a local overview, check out the Crabby Fat Guy here:

I remember “some people” who told us to “trust the technology”, and “it’s a lot better system than we used to have”, and “the way things are set up, there’s no need for backup paper trails”.
There is only one reason NOT to provide a system with a verifiable secure check, while protecting voter identity, and it IS doable.

As a conservative, it bothers me that the Repubs are the ones who almost always oppose efforts to safeguard the vote, to make it more transparent, securely verifiable and less easy to tamper with.

I’m not the first to note that Diebold, along with other voting machine manufacturers, are Repub contributors.

“…McCarthy & Company, part of the McCarthy Group that is one of the currentowners of Election Systems and Software (ES&S), which itself resulted from the merger of AIS and Business Records Corporation. ES&S is now the largest voting machine company in America. One of its largest owners is the ultra-conservative Omaha World-Herald Company.”

I’m against unwarrented government spending as much as the next taxpayer, but it really bothers me that we seem to put corporate special interests ahead of individual rights over and over.

In a Democratic Republic, I would think that the MOST important thing is getting the vote right.

But it’s bad to spend money making sure the vote is correct????

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