...because, um, cardboard boxes and plastic sandwich bags are impervious to fraud?
It's not that cardboard boxes and plastic sandwich bags are impervious to fraud, it's just that a lot less can go wrong with such a simple process... wait I didn't get a plastic sandwich bag!!
I was relieved to see the good old cardboard box this morning. In the Toronto Civic Elections that resulted in a landslide for a neo-con candidate in October 2010, voters penciled in the circle on a paper ballot - but then instead of the plastic baggie thing the returning officer placed my paper ballot in a scanner which tallied my vote. When I worked as a returning officer in 2003 we counted the paper ballots by hand with a scurtineer from each party watching (there were 5 parties represented there). No need for that with the new civic election scanner system. I don't thrust the electronic counter there's too much power in the hands of a small group of programmers or administrators - the more people involved in the counting the better. And, as you referenced above Allan - Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy has shown how easy electronic tally systems are to manipulate (posted 4 years ago): http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8793715638869146272#
Computer programmer Clinton Eugene Curtis testifies under oath to the U.S. House Judiciary Members in Ohio. He says he was hired by Congressman Tom Feeney in October 2000 to build a prototype software package that would secretly rig an election. Amazing footage.
That video above was from December 13, 2004. This is related.
Great link Allan. I didn't know there was actually evidence like that out there. Ohio should have subpoenaed the people named, or if they couldn't because it was out of their jurisdiction, someone in Congress should have called for an investigation.
I was surfing the 2000 and 3004 issue and found "The Onion". Their satire of network morning shows is especially Funny."..some US citizens were able to escape to Canada before the worst of the Bush Presidency hit..."From Today Now! "Bush Tours America To Survey Damage Caused By His Presidency".
Our system is really not much different. We also have to fill in a circle with a pen on a paper ballot. We then enter the ballot into a box that we roll ourselves through the scanner. Now granted, the scanner may malfunction, but I still feel a whole lot better than I used to with the voting machines in NY.
also, that last pic is wicked.
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