Friday, November 05, 2004

Why we shouldn't blindly trust e-voting

It seems an electronic voting machine in Columbus, Ohio, awarded Bush 3,893 more votes than he actually received. That's just one voting device in one precinct in the state that decided our presidential election. That total also represents almost 3 percent of the 140,000-vote spread by which Bush won Ohio.

Does anyone else see a huge problem here? Many of these electronic voting machines don't have paper trails as a backup in case the system crashes. Computer glitches could add, delete, or change votes in a nanosecond. So could malicious hackers or programmers or software developers. And without a paper trail, there's no way we would ever know.

This isn't a partisan issue. It's a fundamental threat to our republic. We can spread democracy around the world all we want, but if we can't verify the validity of our elections, we're no longer living in a democracy. We must act on this issue immediately.


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