Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Your Tax Dollars At Work

Oh the wonders of our government at work!

The demise of touch-screen voting has produced a graveyard of expensive corpses: Warehouses stacked with thousands of carefully wrapped voting machines that have been shelved because of doubts about vanishing votes and vulnerability to hackers.

...It wasn't supposed to be this way. After the disputed 2000 presidential recount, Congress provided more than $3 billion to replace punch card and lever-operated machines. State officials across the country said the new systems would eliminate human error and political tampering.

But problems with the machines soon followed: vanishing votes, breakdowns, malfunctions and increasing evidence that the devices were vulnerable to hackers.

If you would like to know some of the other nuances of this issue you should read the article.

Why is it that nobody ever thinks a thing through? You are never going to eliminate voter error, because you can't make something foolproof. Fools are FAR too creative (and numerous) for that! And you are never going to eliminate voter fraud through static means. Cheaters are also terribly creative.

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