September 14th, 2006

Lord Black Cat

Avoidable Politcal Rant: Vote early and often...

I had several private notes relating to my mention of voting problems in Maryland --
one saying from the Free State, as the first voter at the polls, that their first machine hadn't worked right so they were moved to another machine, where they voted for real. Oh goody.

Now, this: report explains that the machines are, perhaps, not all that reliable or secure... in fact, while working with the machine the project managed to get a virus onto it. Guess it's a MSoft Windows(R) machine, huh?

And so it goes. I worked at one point with an organization that was hurrying to do online voting...and became concerned when it turned out that the voting was not happening on the organization's own servers or equipment but, via links, on the equipment of someone with various vested interests and who was a self-proclaimed technical whiz.... So, I'm not as active with that group at the moment.

On the other hand I do intend to vote in the upcoming elections and I certainly hope the machines are working reliably for all of us then else the calls we heard after last election that the thing had been stolen in Ohio may be the start of a real political problem in this country.
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