2006/12/07

Kvatch Kvetches - It's All About Elections Stupid!

In this segment the GOP asks itself the burning question: If we enfranchise them, will we ever win again?

While the MSM was focused on the Iraq Study Group, a whole different federal advisory panel was busy rejecting a recommendation that states should only use voting machines whose results could be independently verified. Too burdensome for state elections boards, according to some of the members.

Guess restoring the public's confidence in elections is less important than inconveniencing the states.

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Republican congressional leaders decided yesterday not to bring to the floor a bill giving the District a full voting member of the House...

Yes indeed. We certainly wouldn't want those uppity D.C. residents getting a say in whether or not we continue to treat the District like a Congressional fiefdom.

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Riverside County, California, Supervisor Jeff Stone laid down the gauntlet to Election Integrity advocates... offering to bet them "a thousand to one" they can't hack into the county's electronic voting machines made by Sequoia Voting Systems.

Now there's a bet worth taking. Especially when you consider that the machines have already been hacked...numerous times. Where's my bookie?

18 Comments:

Pretty well tells you where we stand in the pecking order of Government priorities, eh? I said earlier on my blog, that both parties have a vested interest in keeping a paper trail out of the mix.

And that guy in Riverside County better have a bundle saved up!:)
After seeing "hacking democracy" I really don't have any confidence in the electronic paper trail either. Hate to sound like a Luddite, but physically marking an "X" on a paper ballot may turn out to be the best afterall. However well intentioned (?), the Help America Vote Act now ranks right up there with The Clean Air Act or Healthy Forest Initiative for bizzaro-world prize. ~~ D.K.
If you reach your bookie, I want some of that action too.

Have a great frog weekend!
While the MSM was focused on the Iraq Study Group, a whole different federal advisory panel was busy rejecting a recommendation that states should only use voting machines whose results could be independently verified. Too burdensome for state elections boards, according to some of the members.

Gosh, silly me. I thought that was part of the job of state election boards, to make sure that these machines... oh, never mind. It's not about verifying, it's about winning at any cost. My bad.
Bet and bet big. I will bring my Slovejnian friend over and he will be in in no time.
I thing that TFWY has hit the nail on the head. We'll see if the Democrats can be pushed in the direction of auditable elections.

As for the idiot in Riverside... I imagine that his advisors are telling him just how stupid it was for him to open his big fat mouth.
Republican congressional leaders decided yesterday not to bring to the floor a bill giving the District a full voting member of the House...

I saw a car the other day with a DC license plate, and the motto on the plate is "Taxation without representation". That is just fucking awesome.
where's my bookie? hey, he's found better money taking bribes and hacking voting machines...ah yes - LOL

thanks for the news updates..
Yeah, put some money on the hackers for me. Holidays are coming up.
I am still a fan of the scantron ballots or whatever they are called where you fill in the oval and the machine reads it. There are still means fro fraud, but it just seems safer to me.
Me4Prez, we've got optical scan machines here in Babylon by the Bay. Sort of similar to your scantron, except that we connect little arrows.

Personally, I like the big electro-mechanical lever machines we used to use in Texas a couple of decades ago.
Everyone should hack that fucking machine and demand $1000 from that Jeff Stoner guy.

That would be hilarious
I never got to use a lever machine. Everytime I have voted I have filled in ovals.

I would love to hack in, but I can barely keep my site running. maybe I can get someone to hack it by proxy
When you locate that bookie, give me a holler.
maybe we need to do it purple finger style- maybe then it would be more accurate...

( hey Kvatch this November I got to use my first Diebold- are ya telling me my vote might not have been counted???oh say it ain't so ?....I am so shocked...really)
If purple fingers are good enough for the Iraqi people, they should also be good enough for us.

Kvatch, place a bet or two for me? We're in the money... we're in the money... !
E4E, Snave, I have always liked the idea of 'shaming' non-voters into action. Purple fingers, 'I voted' stickers, whatever. We could use some good old-fashioned shame there.

As for the our favorite Riverside County Sup., I can't find anything that says he's actually willing to follow through on his challenge.

My area of expertise is computer security, and it's a problem that I'd love to tackle myself if it weren't for the fact that the door prize for hacking is now 25 years in the federal pen--courtesy of the USA Patriot Act.
This makes me sick.

Thieving Bastards.

Thanks for the kind words about my art.

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