4.11.2008

las vegas slots have more security than u.s. voting machines

Another dispatch from the Department of Better Late Than Never: The Washington Post discovers that electronic voting is bullshit. Click to view.


A few months ago, The New York Times discovered the same thing.

The graphic is excerpted from an upcoming book, Was The 2004 Election Stolen? Exit Polls, Election Fraud, and the Official Count, by Joel Bleifuss and Steve Freeman.

Electronic voting is not the only thing wrong with the US election system. But as long as it's being used, it probably doesn't matter who you vote for.

Thanks to Allan for the story.

8 comments:

James said...

You know, if a state government can stand up to casinos and force some regulation, it really ought to be able to stand up to cash-register makers.

L-girl said...

Eyup. You know the old cliche, when there's a will, there's a way? You have to have the will to find the way.

M@ said...

You know those baskets at public pools? Those wire baskets where you put your clothes and you padlock it while you're swimming? Yeah, they have more security than voting machines. More transparency, too, now that I think about it.

But I've been utterly convinced of electronic vote fraud for years now, so will this tell me anything I don't know? Let's see here...

President Bush may owe his 2004 win to an unfair vote count.

MAY!?

We'll wait to read his book before making a judgment about that.

Ohhhhhh. Right. This is the vastly profitable mainstream media, not some kind of investigative organization that goes around trying to FIND SHIT OUT ONCE IN A WHILE.

Good stenographer. Have a biscuit.

L-girl said...

Nope, you won't learn anything from the WaPo story, nor will the editors of that newspaper make connections between this story and the results of any state's count.

The book should be interesting, though. I've read several articles by Freeman, mostly about exit polls and the statistical near-impossibility of so many exit polls being so wrong, all in one direction.

M@ said...

Yes, I've come across some of those Freeman articles too and I'm going to have to seek the book out. I hope the WaPo guys get a copy -- maybe they'd learn something about, like, the country they report on.

I read Greg Palast's Armed Madhouse last year; the electronic voting stuff was pretty well put together there I thought. If you've read that, what did you think?

L-girl said...

I haven't read that. I must admit, although I love Greg Palast for the amazing work he does, I find his writing style too irritating to make it through a whole book. I think he's really onto something about how to garner mass appeal for these important issues, but I personally can't get into it.

Is it something I should force myself to read?

M@ said...

I must admit, although I love Greg Palast for the amazing work he does, I find his writing style too irritating to make it through a whole book.

Yeah, I have that problem too. I couldn't read it straight through, that's for sure.

Is it something I should force myself to read?

Nah -- probably not worth the mental hassle. It's a decent primer for anyone who doesn't think the election was stolen though.

L-girl said...

Whew. Thanks :)