Electronic Voting Machines – a major danger to American democracy

– Well, I thought I wasn’t going to post anymore until I returned from our trip but when I saw the juxtaposition of these two stories, I just had to sit down and write a bit more.

– First, we have the story that the democrats in the Senate, lead by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), have backed away from requiring all states to employ so-called voter-verified paper records in their systems – even though earlier this year, she called for enacting such changes by 2008.

– Then, next, we have news in from the San Francisco Chronicle which is reporting that computer security researchers throughout the University of California system managed to crack the security on every voting machine they tested that has been approved for use in the state.

– Yeah. If you aren’t concerned yet, take a cruise through these earlier stories I posted on this topic: , , , , , , , , ,

– This is a serious problem, folks. If you are still not sure, ask an expert computer programmer what the chances are that voting machines without verification trails can be hacked.

– I’ve listed this post under “The Perfect Storm”, “Capitalism & Corporations” and “CrashBlogging” because the same urges which cause Capitalism and corporations to be about profits and not people, are also behind the efforts to corrupt our voting systems so that folks can attain power by stealth that they could not attain through a fair ballot box.

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