posted on Nov, 6 2006 @ 09:43 AM
This year some 3/4 of the country will be voting, for the first time, on electronic voting machines --touch screen if I am not mistaken. This opens my
mind to a bit of speculation
about why and what-if.
It seems that we Americans look to machines and computers as infallible. We do not seem to realize that the computers are only as reliable as the code
they run on...and only as honest as it too.
In previous election the risk for voter fraud was still high. Everywhere from the local to national level elections have, since as long as voting has
been an institutionalized system voting fraud has been a problem. But the difference between paper fraud and electronic fraud can be pin-pointed to
one main obstacle: the paper trail.
When fraud such as stuffing the ballots or discounting votes comes into question there is always one thing which will deter, or at least make more
difficult, the act of fraud: the paper trail. The risk of a "sloppy job" leaving a trail for an individual to find, follow and bring to light was
always a serious one. However, it now seems that that pesky little trail is no longer a threat.
The electronic machines can be used to, from within the machine, guarantee that whomever is supposed to win...will win. The powers that be can now
decide before the election even begins who will win.
After all, these are computers doing the calculating...there could be no error; let us not think that it could all be programmed to do exactly what it
This is, as I said, speculation on my part. I am willing to look at all arguments, for and agaisnt my point, with an open and critical mind. I open
the floor to you for discourse and debate.