Is A Reasonable Effort At Democracy Enough?
from the it's-a-sort-of-democratic-election dept
While other states are being more proactive about stopping bad e-voting machines, Maryland has decided it’s just too much effort to, you know, make sure democracy works right. A judge there has decided that, you know what, the folks in Maryland have tried pretty hard on this whole thing, and even if the machines don’t really work right and are opening to tampering, it’s the thought that counts. Because they’ve made a “reasonable effort” to ensure the machines are safe, they can be used. Why should the “effort” matter, rather than the actual state of the machines? While it’s true that other methods also have their problems, that doesn’t mean that the current machines should be given a pass for being “good enough.” There are clear ways to improve them and make them even less prone to mistakes or fraud, and there’s no reason not to do so.