posted on Apr, 30 2004 @ 09:30 PM
The voting...They use touch screens. Those are fickle to begin with. If they're not calibrated correctly, you're not pointing where you want to be
pointing. That book cites many examples of incredible votes of 100% v. 0% and such things. Those votes don't happen.
So here's a solution: have a paper trail. Have them print out a bar code, instead of storing it on a disk. Then, before you leave the booth,
you can scan it, and the scanner, attached to Word or something, tells you who you voted for. Windows interprets barcodes, and to implement a change
in how all of Windows operating systems read "Bush" or "Kerry" every 2 years would be a huge project. Ironically, I think we could trust Microsoft
on this issue But that way, you know who you voted for, bar codes are easy to mass count, and there's still a paper trail. Keep your proprietary
software, you whiney voting companies, it wouldn't matter.
In fact, it could even print a "recipt" which would be a copy of the first but with a space in the middle of the last name. That way, you couldn't
double vote (unless you live in Chicago) but you could confirm your vote elsewhere after you scan it in the booth.
Just an idea, one with some bugs, but I think that's WELL along a better system then just having to trust a company that wants to make money and who
is subject to laws that influence their ability to make money.