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babsbunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-26-09 07:57 AM
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Your electronic vote in the 2010 election has just been bought
http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2009/35...

by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
September 24, 2009

Unless US Attorney General Eric Holder intervenes, your electronic vote in 2010 will probably be owned by the Republican-connected ES&S Corporation. With 80% ownership of America's electronic voting machines, ES&S could have the power to shape America's future with a few proprietary keystrokes.

ES&S has just purchased the voting machine division of the Ohio-based Diebold, whose role in fixing the 2004 presidential election for George W. Bush is infamous. (http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2004/03/diebolds-po... )

Critics of the merger hope Holder will rescind the purchase on anti-trust grounds.

But only a transparent system totally based on hand-counted paper ballots, with universal automatic voter registration, can get us even remotely close to a reliable vote count in the future.
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notesdev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-26-09 08:24 AM
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1. Paper ballots yea
not so sure about this universal automatic voter registration thing though. That seems like a great way to add phantom voters to the rolls so these machines can helpfully cast their votes for them.

The motto should be: "Verify beyond a doubt, or the shotguns come out". Either we are a free people whose votes are the instrument of self-determination, or we are slaves with delusions of independence.
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