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groovedaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-26-10 12:43 PM
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The Voters Will Pay
It was bad news for the voting public when Election Systems and Software, the nations largest voting machine company, announced last fall that it was acquiring the elections division of Diebold, the nations second-largest voting machine company.

The combination could mean that nearly 70 percent of the nations precincts would use machines made by a single company. If the deal is allowed to go through, it would make it harder for jurisdictions to bargain effectively on price and quality. The Justice Department should reject it as a violation of antitrust rules that is clearly not in the publics interest.

The 2000 presidential election debacle in Florida, with its hanging chads and uncounted votes, highlighted the deep flaws in voting machine technology and in the industry. That was in no small part because of a lack of robust competition. If the Diebold acquisition goes forward, competition would all but disappear.

Numerous studies have shown that electronic voting machines are particularly vulnerable to software glitches, intentional vote theft or sabotage. Having such a large percentage of the nations votes counted on machines made and serviced by a single company increases the vulnerability of the system.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/26/opinion/26fri3.html?t...
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-26-10 12:52 PM
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1. Paper ballots once and for all. Don't put our future in the hands of software
designed to be glitched...
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CrispyQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-26-10 12:53 PM
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2. And from the dems on this issue?
Silence.
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-26-10 05:30 PM
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3. THAT is an ominous SILENCE.
Over 90% of ALL Americans support "Transparent & Verifiable Elections".

After the clearly stolen election in 2000, and the "questions" in Ohio in 2004, you would THINK that the lack of election security, transparency, and accountability would be a Front Burner, Red Hot, Easy WIN/WIN Issue for the Democratic Party!
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.But NO.
Silence.
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I can think of ONLY ONE REASON for this ominous silence.
The Democratic Party leadership does NOT want transparent, verifiable elections.
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Now THATS really scary.

Has the Democratic Party Elite joined with the Republican Party Elite in a Profit Power Sharing Plan that depends on rigged elections?


"He who votes decides nothing; he who counts the votes decides everything." Joe Stalin
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