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Tilting at Windmills

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February 21, 2003
By: Kevin Drum

BLACK BOX VOTING....If you're interested in the whole subject of computerized vote counting, apparently there's a book and a whole website devoted to the subject: www.blackboxvoting.com. Check it out.

For what it's worth, I'm skeptical of the conspiracy theories regarding these machines, but I also don't like them much. Even if it's not deliberate, software goes bad all the time and it seems like a bad idea not to have a backup. My favorite system (although I'm open to argument on the issue) is mark sense balloting, which has been in use for a long time and is generally quite accurate. I'm not quite sure why it's necessary to reinvent the wheel here.

UPDATE: On the other hand, Randy Paul reports that Brazil has been using electronic voting for years without problem. Of course, the doubters would ask how you'd ever know if there were problems....

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