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Stevepol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-03-10 10:24 PM
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36. Analyses like this are all good and useful, but the main point
is simple. There's no way to prove a conspiracy by statistics. Someone will always claim that you're whining about losing or your figures don't take this or that into account. Meanwhile, the main point is very simple:

When the vote is counted in total secrecy without verification, it's impossible to know who really won any election. That's the simple truth.

The opscans used in MA apparently were the same kind that Hari Hursti was able to flip using a memory card (which the company swore couldn't be used to change the programming) in "Hacking America," the HBO special several years ago. The machines are "trivially easy" (Steven Freeman's term) to rig or hack or tamper with. If the rig is done properly, it's practically impossible to get caught unless somebody squeals.

All these analyses of the results of these elections as if they can be trusted in the least is amazing to me.

Who knows who won the election? It could have been Coakley. It could have been Brown. It's impossible to know. Until we decide to have transparent elections, at least as transparent as possible, we just can't have a democracy. Plain and simple.
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