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Tuesday, June 01, 2004


Dean column: Electronic voting{273227AD-5ED7-48B4-9BDD-5230A44AB6A5}

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, June 01, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Dean's first column is up, and his topic of choice is the danger of electronic vote hijinks:

Only since 2000 have touch screen voting machines become widely used and yet they have already caused widespread controversy due to their unreliability. For instance, in Wake County, N.C. in 2002, 436 votes were lost as a result of bad software. Hinds County, Miss. had to re-run an election because the machines had so many problems that the will of the voters could not be determined. According to local election officials in Fairfax County, Va., a recent election resulted in one in 100 votes being lost. Many states, such as New Hampshire and most recently Maine, have banned paperless touch screen voting and many more are considering doing so.

Without any accountability or transparency, even if these machines work, we cannot check whether they are in fact working reliably. The American public should not tolerate the use of paperless e-voting machines until at least the 2006 election, allowing time to prevent ongoing errors and failures with the technology. One way or another, every voter should be able to check that an accurate paper record has been made of their vote before it is recorded.

Note that DFA has also been pushing the Diebold issue - I think that we can expect more synchronization between Dean's columns and the o-blog for future installments.


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