Notes on the Atrocities
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Tuesday, December 02, 2003  

One of my most reliable commenters is known as "Get HR2239 Passed Now," so alarmed is s/he that the 2004 election will be stolen by the GOP. And by stolen, s/he means that literally--in the good ole' tinpot dictator sense. Last week in a comments thread, I noted that I believe this issue will continue to increase in visibility, and that there are a number of people equally concerned. Add Paul Krugman to the list:

Inviting Bush supporters to a fund-raiser, the host wrote, "I am committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year." No surprise there. But Walden O'Dell — who says that he wasn't talking about his business operations — happens to be the chief executive of Diebold Inc., whose touch-screen voting machines are in increasingly widespread use across the United States....

Early this year Bev Harris, who is writing a book on voting machines, found Diebold software — which the company refuses to make available for public inspection, on the grounds that it's proprietary — on an unprotected server, where anyone could download it. (The software was in a folder titled "") The server was used by employees of Diebold Election Systems to update software on its machines. This in itself was an incredible breach of security, offering someone who wanted to hack into the machines both the information and the opportunity to do so.

As "Get HR2239 Passed Now" would no doubt point out, this is the issue most basic to our democracy--it is democracy. There's only one reason why a group wouldn't want to ensure that the votes are counted down to the last ballot, that there's a clear and uncorrupt paper trail, and that the people going to Washington (or statehouses) are actually selected by a majority of citizens: they want to rig the election.

If you wish to help get involved with legislation to eliminate vote fraud, go to this website (the official HR2239 website). They have information about what you can do.

posted by Jeff | 8:26 AM |
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