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Electronic chicanery

“It’s not the voting that’s democracy; it’s the counting” – Tom Stoppard.

Electoral fraud and chicanery is as old as elections. It is a safe bet that large-scale electoral scams will not end with the Florida flimflam of 2000 and the judicial coup d’etat that installed Bush/Cheney.

Take a look at the sort of reform that the Florida farce directly encouraged: electronic voting. Amid all the ballyhoo about pregnant, dimpled, and hanging chads during the Florida recount, cries went out to make voting more efficient, and, predictably, Republican cybercrats came to the rescue with a computerized touch-screen panacea that could be easily rigged.

The new voting technology is utterly unreliable and subject to mistakes and tampering. The insanity of the whole situation is that the electronic voting systems offer no verifiable paper trail. Do you have faith in the current White House inhabitants?

Ron Lowe

Nevada City

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