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Saturday, December 6, 2003

Stealing elections.

We've posted fairly frequently here about the problems with electronic voting systems, particularly those manufactured by Diebold. Besides problems with the software (both in terms of bugs and in terms of backdoors that allow people to manipulate the results), most systems lack a paper trail that would allow independent observers to determine that an election had been conducted fairly. While an electronic record exists, it can't be checked against a printed record.

While there's no proof that an election in the US has ever been stolen by manipulating the results produced by an electronic voting system, South Knox Bubba has posted a mess of a bunch of election results that certainly make us wonder whether bad things are already happening.

In a related story, Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards has called on Dubya to return the more than US $100,000 that his re-election campaign has received from Walden O'Dell, the head of Diebold. Edwards says that contributions to a presidential campaign from a voting machine manufacturer could lead a reasonable voter to doubt that elections are being conducted honestly.

We now have touch screen voting machines that some people think are just as bad as a butterfly ballot," Edwards said, referring to the confusing ballots that became notorious in the botched Florida election in 2000.

"What makes this worse is that one of George W. Bush's fund-raising Pioneers said he wanted to help Ohio 'deliver' its electoral votes to George Bush," Edwards said.

Edwards said that "people who make voting machines need to be real careful when they talk about delivering elections."


Edwards was referring to a NY Times report that, this past August, O'Dell sent out invitations to a Republican fundraising event in which he said that he was 'committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year.' (For more information, see this earlier Magpie post.)

Via AP.

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