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AFFIRM Donating Member (60 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-13-06 12:15 AM
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The Big Questions nobody is asking about electronic voting ...
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First: Is it easier to hack thousands of retired volunteer poll workers sitting their on election day counting punch cards or, thousands of computers linked to, perhaps, fifty servers?

Second: And this is the BIG QUESTION ..........

Today, we live in a world where so much personal data is stored, bought, sold and stolen about each one of us. Credit card companies are having their servers hacked, compromising the security of thousands of their members. The IRS is now subcontracting some of their workload out to private companies. Do we really want a computerized record out there somewhere of exactly how we voted?

Picture this scenario, a poor single mother in any city, USA goes down to her local welfare office for help. Somewhere in a back room a clerk feeds her data into the computer. That computer waits to get her information from the server. Minutes later, the server answers back with a red flag. This applicant does not receive benefits because she voted Democrat last year. The clerk doesn't see the reason for denial, only a coded message saying benefits denied.

Granted this may seem a little far-fetched. However, is it possible with electronic voting? ABSOLUTELY Is it possible with traditional paper ballots? NOT LIKELY

Consider another situation, this one a lot more likely. The same mom has an idea to start her own business. She goes down to the bank and applies for a loan through the Small Business Association. We all know an SBA loan takes time to get ... if you even ever hear back from them at all. Well, in this case the SBA got her paperwork. They tapped into the US Govt. database and found she had not voted favorable for the party in power. The poor woman never hears back from the SBA.

Unlike the first scenario, this one would be nearly impossible to prove. What is even worse is that police departments and eventually even insurance companies would get this data too. I assure you, the infrastructure is already in place for this to be possible.

As you can see, it is not only election integrity that is at stake when we switch to electronic voting, but nearly every facet of our personal lives as well. In light of these facts and possibilities, we must ask; Why in the world would we even dare switch our voting system? Our votes must remain counted and traceable but not collectible. For once they are collected, they can then be sold, bought and hacked, enabling our political desires to be used against us.
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