Friday, December 16, 2005

Dark Days

I cannot believe how the media is ignoring the news of how the Diebold voting machines can be tampered with and votes can be reversed. You have to really dig in the news to find the AP articles that report that in Leon County Fla. the machines have been pulled after testing that showed voter fraud is possible with the machines.

This is the second time that the Diebold voting machines have been shown to be faulty and this is the second time that the media has largely ignored the issue. Diebold insists that their product is reliable even after flaws were found by a third party not for profit organization headed up by Herbert Thompson, a computer scientist and strategist at Security Innovation. Diebold responded to the first test as "a very foolish and irresponsible act." To me only someone who is hiding something would make such a statement.

Diebold is the company that makes the touch screen voting machines without a paper trail. They insist that their machines are unbiased, secure, and reliable without a paper confirmation of the vote. If the machines are so reliable then why are they so resistant to making it so that the machines print a copy of your vote? In 2003 the CEO of Diebold, an Ohio based company, Walden W. O'Dell wrote a letter to a fundraiser for the re-election of Bush saying that he planned to help "Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the the president." Ohio was a close call in the 2004 election and Diebold voting machines were used in several areas of the state. If John Kerry had won Ohio he would have taken the presidency. A lot of people have said a lot of things about the election but none have dared to call it stolen.

The Miami Herald seems to be the only large news organization reporting about this. I personally think that this issue should be all over the news and people should be up in arms. I hate to think that we are all just ambivalent to this.

Check out this site Black Box Voting
Diebold poster image is from this site.


Blogger DanNation said...

Adam - thanks for touching upon an important item. In all our blog entries about our lives, it's important to stay focused on the big picture. Where we go from here is difficult - how about Vancouver?

1:14 AM  
Blogger tornwordo said...

To become a citizen here, I had to know all the voting procedures (which are exactly the same everywhere)

You must put a large X in the circle next to your choice. At first I thought it was pretty rudimentary, but it's pretty hard to mis-vote, or mis-tally such votes.

5:23 AM  
Blogger Spider said...

Ah yes... ONLY in Florida - the model of how elections should be run... Interesting that Leon County pulled them - given that is the county where Tallahassee is located, I guess with Jeb on the way out, there is no need to fudge the votes anymore... and while on that topic, Jeb would have made a MUCH BETTER president than his brother has...

6:48 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Canada is going thru another federal election right now and the scandals and name calling is so stupid. Not to mention the billions of dollars being spent on this brew ha ha which us taxpayers are going to pay for.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Nathan said...

Vancouver sounds fun. We have friends there!

The picture said "Twit Happens"

*tee hee* I am easily amused.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Knute123 said...

Volusio County has events of fraud that were caught during the 2000 FL recount.

See article linked from Raw Story here:

They have a proven episode of 16,000 Gore votes being deleted and 200 votes added for GW. The Election County Supervisor believes it was an inside job of fraud. The machines are so easy to manipulate, someone did this from their laptop.

Which begs the questions, why oh why are all the incidents of election fraud in favor of Bush?

Why oh why does the media ignore it?

Once more, why oh why do you suppose the Supreme Court intervened and ordered Florida to stop counting the votes so THEY could decide our election? Perhaps the recount would have found additional "errors" in favor of our current "president."

4:41 PM  

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