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Monday, February 06, 2006

GOP Sweep in Ought Six?

Well, we're already starting with the stories about all of the potential 'glitches' to come as a result of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 disaster. This is the deal where the feds help buy / force local voting boards to install new electronic voting machines controlled by Diebold software. Diebold's president had promised to 'deliver the election' in 2004, and damned if Bush didn't win.

The software does not provide for any audit capability, and federal courts have upheld the intellectual property rights of Diebold to prevent any examination of the software. In essence, that means that it could easily be simple - for every five votes cast, show 3 for the GOP and 2 for the Democrats. Literally, with no rights to look at it, the situation could be that bad. And Bush controlled courts have refused to permit any audit of the software by election commissions to ensure that it is accurately counting our votes.

But that is not addressed in the list of woes. Those are much blander in tone, but just as dangerous to the voting public:

Linda Lamone, administrator of the Maryland Board of Elections and president of the National Association of State Election Directors, says widespread worries about glitches include:

• Is there enough time to educate voters and poll workers, many of them older and not proficient with computers, before Election Day?

• Will there be adequate tech support from voting-machine manufacturers?

• How will the 25 states that require a paper backup for their computerized machines handle that - and which record will be the official one for any recount?

So, is this story on the level, or is it 'planting seeds' for the voting hijack in November?

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