Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Are voting machines honest? That's a secret. 

Imagine being audited by the IRS.

But then imagine that you could hire your own accountant to certify that your return was correct. Then imagine that you could swear your accountant to secrecy about anything s/he found.

Guess what? That's how "certification" works for electronic voting machines. This depressing article explains that voting machine vendors hire their own testing firms and that the testing firms stonewall any inquiries.

Pick up the blue pages of your phone book and look for your state's "Department of Elections", "Secretary of State", or whatever they call it. Phone or write. Let them know that you want independent certification. If you're afraid of seeming ignorant, you can read the Verified Voting website first.

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