Jul. 6th, 2005

ladyjaneinlace: (curled up)
After reading the Eulogy for America several times, one thought kept coming back to mind...

The greatest loss we are suffering is the ability to conduct fair, transparent and auditable elections. The instument of this loss is the electronic voting system. The great advantage of paper or punch card ballots is that, barring ballot-box stuffing and outright fraud, the results can be verified. Not just by election officials, but by ANYONE who can count. Who can actually count and verify the results of electronic balloting? There is no "hard copy" proof of each person's vote. It all depends on who is in control of the voting apparatus. Is it the election monitors? The technicians operating the machines? Do we really know?

Our ability to change the things we disagree with in this country has always been based on our power to "vote the bums out." I fear we may never again have legitimate access to the one tool that truly gave us a voice: our vote.

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