Rotten in Denmark

Rotten in Denmark
05/11/2006 @ 2:05 pm
Filed by Nancy Goldstein – Raw Story columnist

Media critic Mark Crispin Miller has been trying to tell us that electronic touch screen voting stinks for years now — most recently with last fall’s publication of Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They’ll Steal the Next One Too (Unless We Stop Them).

He has repeatedly warned us that electronic touch-screen machines are untrustworthy. They are prone to break down. They leave no paper trail. They make fraud almost impossible to detect. And they’re manufactured by private vendors with very close ties to the Republican Party, such as Diebold and ES&S. (Waldon O’Dell, the former chief executive of Diebold who was forced to step down this past winter amidst allegations of insider trading, famously told Bush supporters in a 2003 fund-raising letter that he was “committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year.”)

Miller’s theories about widespread systemic voter fraud have not always been kindly received by progressive media outlets (dismissive reviews of his book appeared on Salon and in Mother Jones). So he must have been feeling at least a momentary flush of schaudenfraude when I caught up with him earlier this month. Ohio had just held the first election in which all 88 counties used either touch-screen machines or devices that scan ballots marked by voters. And it had unfolded like a virtual show-and-tell of his key points.

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