Kilroy Was Here
February 07, 2003
Stuffing the Ballot Box in the Digital Age?
Common Dreams reports that Nebraska Republican Chuck Hagel was head of, and continues to own an interest in, a company that installed, programmed, and ran the vogintmachines used by most Nebraska citizens.
Now while I'm usually not one for consipiracy theories, this type of thing actually frightens me a bit. And with exit polling silently fading away under the cloud of the 2000 Presidential Election, there seems to be no way to verify whether electronic maliciousness is occurring.
Bev Harris of www.talion.com and www.blackboxvoting.com has looked into the situation in depth and thinks Matulka may be on to something. The company tied to Hagel even threatened her with legal action when she went public about his company having built the machines that counted his landslide votes. (Her response was to put the law firm's threat letter on her website and send a press release to 4000 editors, inviting them to check it out. www.blackboxvoting.com/election-systems-software.html)
"I suspect they're getting ready to do this all across all the states," Matulka said in a January 30, 2003 interview. "God help us if Bush gets his touch screens all across the country," he added, "because they leave no paper trail. These corporations are taking over America, and they just about have control of our voting machines."
I have a good solution for this, but I'll save that for a future post.
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