It's the computers' turn to mess up elections
Nearly a year before the presidential election, concerned citizens
are already crying foul. But nobody's arguing over butterfly ballots or punch cards this time, as they did during the interminable
Florida recount of 2000. After all, it's the 21st century now. All future elections will be screwed up with the aid of computers.
Various local elections throughout the United States early this month provided worrisome hints of the woes to come. ...
It wasn't supposed to be this way. Replacing punch cards with digital touch
screens was supposed to deliver the accuracy we've learned to expect from computers.
Now that you've stopped laughing, you're probably all thinking the same
thing. Anybody with a PC knows that computers can be wildly unreliable. What's being done to ensure that computerized voting
systems are trustworthy?
Not nearly enough, according to the activists trying to force major
modifications in digital voting systems. Bev Harris, author of the book "Black Box Voting," is the godmother of the movement.
Harris said she's in favor of computerized voting, but not the way it's usually done. ...
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