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Febble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-10-08 05:27 AM
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40. BeFree, let me clarify my position
once and for all.

I DON'T think paperless voting is safe or sound.
I DO think that if people can cheat they probably will.
I DO think that the 2004 election disenfranchised far more Kerry voters than Bush voters
I DO think that some of this was deliberate, and some of it at the very least due to structural racism.
I DO think election reform is vitally necessary

HOWEVER:

I don't think that millions of votes were electronically stolen in 2004, for reasons I have given many times.

And that's it.

And because of that, I am more optimistic than most that Obama's win will actually happen. However, my WORRY is that the very real problems of 2004 ARE STILL THERE.

And so what everyone needs to do, above all, is make sure everyone who wants to vote is able to do so. Voter suppression was what cost Kerry crucial votes in 2004, and possibly lost him the presidency.

That's where the efforts need to be focussed now, IMO!

And good luck.

Afterwards, let's get rid of paperless voting and bring in mandatory, manual random audits.
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