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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-18-10 07:51 PM
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4. It bothers me more that the Dems do nothing about it.
Edited on Wed Aug-18-10 08:02 PM by Bill Bored
Consider that vote switching without detection is possible with DREs, optical scanners and punch cards. That's all 3 classes of electronic voting systems. But Dems and Repubs are both responsible for doing away with the one type of voting system, other than hand-counting, that makes vote switching between candidates physically impossible -- the lever voting machine.

To rule out enough of the vote switching that is possible with the other 3 systems so as to be reasonably certain of who won and who lost elections, esp. non-statewide elections, is so complex and onerous that no one in power wants to do it -- neither Dem nor Repub state legislators or county election boards. (There are of course a few exceptions, but they are not enough to protect the franchise.)

So I'd have to argue that the Dems are complicit -- and I don't see much help coming from the third parties either.

I can only think of 3 possible reasons Democrats would tolerate voting systems that permit votes to be switched between candidates:

1. they want to preserve their own ability to cheat; or

2. they trust the Republicans, or their own Democratic election lawyers (who by and large know little about e-vote counting and how to verify computerized results); or

3. they are just plain stupid.

Which of these do you think is most likely, or could it be all 3?
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  -It still bothers me that the very integrity of the electoral process is endangered by EVMs. I BridgeTheGap  Aug-18-10 12:30 PM   #0 
  - They don't need EVM's, just remember Florida in 2000  HereSince1628   Aug-18-10 12:35 PM   #1 
  - The example you give of 2000 goes to prove that Repubs will do anything they can to win,  Stevepol   Aug-18-10 04:02 PM   #2 
     - Yes, and it seems to by and large work for them.  HereSince1628   Aug-18-10 05:18 PM   #3 
  - It bothers me more that the Dems do nothing about it.  Bill Bored   Aug-18-10 07:51 PM   #4 
     - We had a forum several years ago that our Dem County Clerk (now retired) spoke at and  BridgeTheGap   Aug-19-10 07:06 AM   #5 
        - Thanks for the post and the thread. So what state are you in?  Bill Bored   Aug-20-10 12:32 AM   #6 

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