6 thoughts on “Confidential…

  • November 8, 2006 at 7:34 am
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    Not that it really would have mattered anyway, I lost faith in the election system when states began giving Diebold no-compete contracts.

    Do some research into Diebold sometime, if you haven’t already. Democracy is now a trade secret, and so help you if you expose a flaw in the system that might (gasp!) allow someone to fix an election.

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  • November 8, 2006 at 10:55 am
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    Well, one consolation is that it didn’t help the Republicans keep control of the House.

    I do agree, though — giving control of the voting machines to a company whose president promised to deliver Ohio to Bush is a flagrant violation of the public trust.

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  • November 8, 2006 at 11:23 am
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    Allow me to broaden that to better fit the way I feel:

    giving control of the voting machines to a for-profit company is a flagrant violation of the public trust.

    I feel that the voting process should not be subject to trade secrets, non-disclosure agreements, or corporate profiteering. I feel that being sued for disclosing secrets about how Diebold’s voting machines actually work is wrong. I feel that an election that leaves no papertrail is absolutely reprehensible and outrageous.

    I no longer feel that there is any integrity in the election process anywhere.

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  • November 8, 2006 at 11:26 am
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    Can’t argue there. I still vote, though. I don’t know what else I can do.

    (I don’t think our voting machines are Diebold, for what it’s worth, though they are electronic touch-screen ones…)

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  • November 8, 2006 at 11:33 am
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    Probably not (yet) but I haven’t seen a single electronic voting system in widespread use that produces a verifiable paper trail like the old style “make the lights flash” voting machine.

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  • November 8, 2006 at 11:45 am
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    “Freedom of Thought is what you have
    Freedom from Thought is what you want!”
    – Devo

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