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Electronic Voting [Sep. 19th, 2003|02:44 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
nick and I keep talking about how hard technology's going to screw the human race. Here's another example:

http://www.tmtmetropolis.ru/stories/2003/09/19/120.html

Seriously, what's the point of voting?

I can't see anything being done to fix this problem. The population, on the whole, seems too naive.
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[User Picture]From: tamyranev
2003-09-19 02:42 pm (UTC)
Too naive or too overwhelmed--who knows where to start to fix all this stuff?

The article is scary.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2003-09-19 04:06 pm (UTC)
I've read the same thing a dozen times in different forms. If it takes sensationalism to get people paranoid about shit like this, then this is a good article to link.

But really, the innards and source code to run voting systems should be open source. There's no need to hide the means of counting. If it's private, something tricky is going on. That's just ridiculous. And the voting stations shouldn't have wireless cards in them. There's no good use for that, except vote tampering, and spying on the status of votes in progress.
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[User Picture]From: way2tired
2003-09-19 07:01 pm (UTC)
The counting thing really doesn't seem that hard. We were discussing that at work the other day. One of the things we make is a kiosk. How hard would it be to write a program to accept votes and make sure each voter only votes once. I mean really.

I agree with you about wireless cards. Pointless. It just makes it open to tampering.

One item of note, I'm republican. Many of us are getting very annoyed at Bush and his politics, especially bowing to the religious right.

Find a Dem who's really moderate, and leaves the religious zealots waiting in the cold, and he/she is a shoe-in, seriously.
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2003-09-19 03:59 pm (UTC)
"If voting could change anything, it wouldn't be legal."
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[User Picture]From: taral
2003-09-19 04:13 pm (UTC)
Did you get it from my journal?
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[User Picture]From: supersat
2003-09-19 06:10 pm (UTC)
Hooray for vote-by-mail!
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[User Picture]From: nolegs
2003-09-19 07:39 pm (UTC)
I'd like to see a system where I could sell my vote to the highest bidder. It's not like homeless boozers haven't been used in similar ways.

I say let the corporations and their moustache twisting Nefarios fuck me six ways from sundown over a game of chinese checkers, I just want to watch Newsies in peace.
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[User Picture]From: ijon
2003-09-20 03:06 am (UTC)
Speaking of technology screwing mankind, do you read NETFUTURE? I haven't had time to read it in a while, but I used to read it years ago and it was consistently interesting.
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