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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-23-10 01:16 AM
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34. I don't think the system was purchased with those illegal features...
Edited on Sat Oct-23-10 01:22 AM by Bill Bored
...but the offer to provide them was made by the vendor.

If there were some evil election officials who wanted to rig elections, the vendor might be inclined to cooperate with them too.

Maybe the vendor would go so far as to suggest to the officials, off the record, that the officials could have the power to rig elections if they chose the vendor's products. Maybe some officials would be corrupted by that if they weren't corrupt before. They might give in to temptation.

There are lots of possibilities. In the NYC case, I think it was just a matter of convenience and laziness trumping security, but who knows?

We don't have any real activists here. Now that we can have op scan instead of DREs, no one gives a shit about election integrity anymore because they've been misinformed about the security of scanners, the need for hand counts (real audits), etc.

So it won't be the usual activist types that will fix this. It will be some election officials who don't want the power to rig elections, and who take their responsibility to certify results very seriously. And they will have to prevail in the courts against other election officials who are towing party lines, vendor lines, and who just want to trust the machines. It could be the most important but least reported story of our time.
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