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The Computer lost the Vote...

You knew this would happen. The computerized voting machines in Miami lost the records of votes cast in 2002.

Gone.

Forever.

"Florida is headed toward being the next Florida."

These machines are inherently untrustworthy. You can't see what goes into the computer. You can't see if it gets corrupted as it come out, whether the corruption is accidental or intentional. And you really can't do a recount of bytes (since you don't know if it was corrupted or not). And of course, Florida has made a law against even trying a recount, since these machines are so trustworthy...

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rtfirefly
Jul. 28th, 2004 03:46 am (UTC)
And Krugman was just talking yesterday about Riverside County, CA.

The whole thing is scary as shit. And Monday evening, some twit on NPR's MarketPlace was trying to tell us how we shouldn't worry about the problems with electronic voting, because ATMs are so reliable, and why should the voting machines be any different?

Wanted to jump through the radio and strangle her, and that was before I read about Riverside or Miami.
calliope2
Jul. 28th, 2004 06:05 am (UTC)
ATMs have a paper record. I think we should be writing to Congress Critters and demanding a paper record for these things.
rtfirefly
Jul. 28th, 2004 12:57 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah: the little dipshit on NPR's Marketplace this Monday was Amelia Tyagi.
sterlingnorth
Aug. 24th, 2004 03:57 pm (UTC)
Diebold makes ATM machines too.
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