MCM replies to a defense of paper trails

What makes you think I want to “take no steps”? Have you read any of my work?

The DRE machines cannot be trusted. Period. We should–and, one day, will– be following the lead of the democracies in Canada and Europe, and moving to a system of all paper ballots. No doubt you’ll call that plan “unrealistic.” It’s actually a lot more realistic than the use of paper trails, which Bush & Co. supports. Why do you think they support it? Because they know that it won’t do them any harm, and may in fact do them some good.

You, and everybody else, should now be concentrating on informing the American public of the actual unworkability of DRE technology for any civic purpose. Once the people know the score, they’ll see that paper ballots are a lot more realistic than a fake “solution” that will only make things that much worse.

I read what I can only categorize as your bizarre response to today’s article on evoting.

Yes, a paper trail is only a step in the right direction. But what would you have us do? Take no steps and whine forever how our democracy is lost?

I’m interested in your proposal of what we SHOULD do, not what we should NOT do. Where is it? Can I read it somewhere?

Lisa P

“Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day.” – Thomas Jefferson

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Until such time as I am able to verify my vote on a publicly printed document (say, via an ID code given to me at the time I cast my ballot), I will *never* trust any vote tabulation system again. Ever.

The emergence of the “election integrity” movement is interesting. They focus on verified paper ballots which will somehow be used in audits that rarely occur and never change races. This “integrity” faction spends a lot of time on amendments to the Help America Vote Act. A recent dust up with journalist Greg Palast is discussed here. .

Further discussion of the issue lead Palast to send an email for publication to a political forum discussing election issues. The email dissects one of these “election integrity” groups:

One wonders what relationship the current “election integrity” has to the “voter integrity project,” the original Republican shill for voting machines.

If the argument is simply about voting machines, verified receipts or not, it’s a perfect vehicle for ongoing domination by the radical right..

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