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Thursday, September 28, 2006

On Electoral Integrity...

Will the Next Election Be Hacked?

In the October issue of Rolling Stone, Robert F. Kennedy uses research from a recent Princeton University study to prove that electronic voting machines can't be trusted in their current state. Kennedy writes...
The debacle of the 2000 presidential election made it all too apparent to most Americans that our electoral system is broken. And private-sector entrepreneurs were quick to offer a fix: Touch-screen voting machines, promised the industry and its lobbyists, would make voting as easy and reliable as withdrawing cash from an ATM. Congress, always ready with funds for needy industries, swiftly authorized $3.9 billion to upgrade the nation's election systems - with much of the money devoted to installing electronic voting machines in each of America's 180,000 precincts. But as midterm elections approach this November, electronic voting machines are making things worse instead of better. Studies have demonstrated that hackers can easily rig the technology to fix an election - and across the country this year, faulty equipment and lax security have repeatedly undermined election primaries.
Kennedy's comprehensive report is quite frightening to those of us who champion for the integrity of our electoral system. Read it!


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