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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

  Voting Fraud - Are you paranoid enough yet?

I have been reading google news's long list of largely positive reports about the Iraqi election. (600+ articles) I have been re-training myself to ask questions, to think more critically, so I did a google news search for voter fraud on the same subject. 1200+ articles. I don't know what algorithm google news' main pages uses, but I'm beginning to be certain it can be affected by spin control.

Along the way, found two Brad Blogs on the security of california's voting machines..., with a nice podcast, and an old post on Diebold and a very, very long list of posts on the same topic in the US.

I was proud, fiercely proud, last week, when Estonia (where my family came from originally) conducted the first ever internet election, on software written on Linux.

A totally open and fully audited voting mechanism is a requirement for democracy to flourish. I don't know if Iraq had that, and I don't know if americans do, either.

The GAO has released a report on the flaws of our voting machines and systems. Read it.
 
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