Nothing should be more self-evident than the simple statement that for an election to have legitimacy the counting process must be observable. If the votes are counted in secret “behind a curtain,” it does not matter how or by whom, the results lack legitimacy.
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Is it futile to combat computerized vote-counting fraud, given the more general disenfranchisement of the American public? This and the emerging battlefield of corporate versus public interest is explored in this adapted excerpt from "CODE RED" by Jonathan D. Simon.
Many despairing observers of The New American Century have asked me whether - given the recent revelations about NSA surveillance, along with other signs that American democracy is deteriorating irrespective of which party governs - an honest vote counting system would even matter anymore. A fair question to which I believe the ultimate, if uneasy, answer is "Yes."
There was a brief glimpse during the Occupy movement of what public anger at American Systemic Injustice might come to if it.. read more
A direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting machine records votes by means of a ballot display provided with mechanical or electro-optical components that can be activated by the voter. DRE's are also called "touchscreens" because the voters indicate their votes by touching images displayed on the screen.
1. It offers no paper record
2. It is immune to recounts
3. It is immune to meaningful audit.
reprinted from The Daily Kos
John Kerry has insisted that every single ballot be audited in the recent Afghanistan election.
Contrast this with a recent and typical American election in Virginia, in which not a single ballot (or memory card or line of computer code) is counted, audited, or examined by a human being. An election that could be rigged with zero risk for huge reward. An election whose politically seismic result was described by the Times as “unimaginable” but nonetheless accepted on blind faith, not so much as a single eyebrow raised or question asked about the secret vote counting system that produced it. A system that would never in a million years have passed muster in Afghanistan.
Find out why our electoral system is at grave risk and cannot be accepted by the American people as the bedrock protocol of our democracy. Find out why observable vote counting must be part of any plan hoping to address the institutional corruption of our republic.read more..