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Ohio E-Voting Machines Declared A Crime Scene?

from the good-luck-trying-to-pull-out-the-evidence dept

While it's difficult to believe some of the more conspiracy-minded theories that have gone around concerning voting results from Ohio in 2004, the simple fact that there's absolutely no way to go back and review the results highlights exactly the problem with e-voting machines. Ohio's current secretary of state has now declared some of the machines used in the '04 election as a crime scene to be investigated, but everyone admits that there's little to no chance of being able to recreate what actually happened on election night, and no way to tell if the machines acted properly or if they malfunctioned. And, if they did malfunction, there's no way to tell if it was due to an accident or something underhanded. In other words, whether or not everything worked great or everything worked terribly, there's simply no way to tell. That is why so many of us have trouble with the concept of e-voting machines. Even if they work perfectly, there's no way to confirm that -- and it just leads to more speculation and conspiracy theories about "stolen" elections.

Filed Under: e-voting, ohio, paper trail
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    Mike (profile), 18 Mar 2008 @ 4:04pm

    Re: E-voting machines

    Your published remarks on the Ohio voting machines gave me a smile. It's perfect example of "see no evil" creampuff reporting these days. Do you really think with the most powerful office in the world at stake, we are going to go soundly back to sleep convinced that "Golly, we'll just never know..."

    I have been among the most vocal in pointing out the problems with e-voting systems since well before most people had even known about the issue. Don't tell me that I'm "creampuff" reporting.

    I am NOT saying "golly, we'll just never know." Please read the post again. I am saying the very fact that you cannot definitively know one way or the other is a HUGE problem that should be a concern to everyone.

    But, I'm not going to accuse anyone of malicious tactics without actual evidence that there was a conspiracy going on. We don't know for sure that anything actually went wrong. We don't know for sure that, if something went wrong, it wasn't due to a bug in the software.

    To accuse someone without proof is unfair. You can do it if you want, but I won't be a part of it.

    I will stand up for what is right. I will stand up and point out the absurdities of those who make these machines or those who insist that they are accurate.

    But I will not make accusations without proof.

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