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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-22-11 07:35 PM
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61. "I like to think that they (Repubs) would...plug security holes that anyone can exploit."
Edited on Sun May-22-11 08:31 PM by Bill Bored
Well, maybe, but those holes first became public when source code was left unattended on the Internet by Diebold (which was another security hole!).

Only later did insiders such as election officials arrange for their own hacking tests, and many still have not done so, despite their claims to the contrary.

The EAC, for their part:
- has not approved proposals for hacking tests in their standards,
- has not required voting systems to be software independent, and
- AFAIK, has not required any improvements to voting system reliability.

Possible explanations for this include:
- maximizing vendor profits, since these changes would cost money,
- saving taxpayers money, since our money is what's being spent on this crap, and
- continuing to make it easy to rig elections.

Also, the notion of privatization of government seems to be associated mostly with Republicans. So it's kind of understandable that DUers might think Repubs are behind the privatization of elections. They sure ain't done much to stop it, but neither have the Dems.
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