from the it's-not-like-we-have-an-election-coming-up-that-use-these-machines dept
You may recall that earlier this year, after some serious problems
were discovered with Sequoia's e-voting machines in New Jersey, that the state asked a group of independent researchers to investigate the machines and prepare a report. Sequoia threatened to sue
the researchers though. Luckily, a court allowed the researchers
to investigate the machines, and said that 30 days after the court had received the report, it could be released. However, Sequoia, in its usual "It can't be our fault, no, no!
" fashion, has convinced the judge to suppress the report
Despite the fact that we're a month away from an election that will use these machines that time and time again have been shown to have problems accurately and reliably counting votes, no one is allowed to see the report. Voters in New Jersey won't be told the results of the report until after it's too late to request absentee ballots. As the head researcher on the report notes, even New Jersey's governor and secretary of state are not allowed to read the report and use it to make public policy decisions that would more likely create a fair election. For so many years now, the e-voting companies have dismissed concerns, blocked attempts to investigate, threatened investigators and almost never
admitted any fault, despite tons and tons of evidence that the machines simply do not work that well. It's a travesty that this report is being suppressed.