As was expected the media reports on the e-voting situation from yesterday include lots of reports about how there were minor glitches here or there, but no major problems to report -- basically setting things up so that these machines are still in place in two years and we go through this whole debate in the weeks before the 2008 election again. The problem is that they're completely missing the point. It's not about the "little glitches" here or there -- which were expected, but about the fact that there's simply no way to know if there were any "big glitches." The problems people are worried about isn't that a machine doesn't work, but that there are more fundamental problems with how the votes are counted and (in many cases) no way to go back and recount. Those are the "glitches" that no one sees -- which is exactly the problem. We don't, for a second, believe that there's any big conspiracy going on -- but given the level of incompetence everyone has seen from many of these e-voting companies, there still seems to be no real indication that we can trust them to count the votes properly.
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