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Steal this Election 
1st-Aug-2004 10:57 am
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I knew things were bad, but this article paints a very worrisome picture of how easy (likely?) it is for the 2004 election to be stolen.

http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20040816&s=dugger

As a software engineer, I know how hard it is to make systems that are bug-free and secure. Also how easy it is to cheat in software. No bank in the nation would use ATMs that were even close to as insecure as these voting machines. Why should we trust them with our election?
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1st-Aug-2004 02:32 pm (UTC)
"Hood has denied that the electronic voting machines can be tampered with in the software, saying: 'The touch-screen machines are not computers....'"

really?? How exactly do they function then? MAGIC?!

Either she's not very skilled at what a computer is or intentionally trying to mislead the public. Either way, seems to be she shouldn't have anything to do with handling an election.
1st-Aug-2004 10:29 pm (UTC)
* sighs *

This is why I am so desperately hopeful that enthusiasm for Kerry takes off. There's a point in a candidates popularity beyond which it would be very difficult to rig the outcome without detection.

I just hope that more and more Americans listen to Kerry's speeches online and change their vote.

Oh, I'm working on a letter to my Dad to ask him to vote for Kerry this time. Dad's a lifelong Republican. I'm using the stem cell argument since it impacts my future access to health care technologies. I realized that I had to make an attempt to change Dad's mind because this time it really really is important. I'll post it to my LJ after I talk to my dad and give it to him.
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