Fair Elections

…Ireland just went back to paper ballots because they found that the electronic voting machines are unreliable and easily hacked.  In the U.S. there is scarcely a peep about this issue despite examples like these:

  • In Volu­sia County, Florida in 2000, an elec­tronic vot­ing machine gave Al Gore a final vote count of neg­a­tive 16,022 votes.
  • In a 2003 elec­tion in Boone County, Iowa the elec­tronic vote-counting equip­ment showed that more than 140,000 votes had been cast in the munic­i­pal elec­tions, even though only half of the county’s 50,000 res­i­dents were eli­gi­ble to vote.
  • In San Bernardino County, Cal­i­for­nia in 2001, a pro­gram­ming error caused the com­puter to look for votes in the wrong por­tion of the bal­lot in 33 local elec­tions, which meant that no votes reg­is­tered on those bal­lots for that elec­tion. A recount was done by hand.

There are lit­er­ally hun­dreds of sim­i­lar stories…


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