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OnTheOtherHand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-05 07:29 PM
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159. I see your point, I'm just not convinced
A lot of folks did buy those systems, and I haven't seen evidence that they are all corrupt. I assume some of them are, or at least got a little bit bent by lobbying money, but I bet these systems sounded mighty good to some election officials.

The Diebold CEO didn't "admit" that he would deliver Ohio -- he begged for campaign contributions. And were Diebold machines in Ohio at all? I think they had the op-scans (note: paper ballots) in Lucas and one other county. I think that is one of the most overrated arguments in the whole panoply. (Of course, the op-scan count in Lucas could be bogus, but that's a whole different argument.)

I dunno, Andrew Gumbel's account makes sense to me: "The story of e-voting in American post-2000 is not one of intricate connivance and grand-scale dastardly thinking, but rather one of shabbiness, complacency, laziness, mutual back-scratching, small-town networking, conflicts of interest, petty ambition, even pettier revenge, and an appalling lack of basic critical thinking." (Steal This Vote, p. 248) Of course, amidst all that shabbiness and complacency and laziness and such, who knows what else could have happened?
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