From: VerifiedVote2004
To: letters@nytimes.com
Sent: 4/28/2011 11:12:14 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time
Subj: The Republican Threat to Voting (4/26/11)

To The Editor:

“The Republican Threat to Voting” (Editorial, April 26, 2011) lays out the lengths to which Republicans are now going to prevent voters from casting a ballot, with the not-even-thinly-veiled goal of altering election outcomes in their favor.

Is it really so unimaginable that, somewhere among this small army of anti-democratic cynics, there might lurk a few uber-cynics who would be willing to take it a step further and manipulate votes where they are now tallied in the pitch darkness of cyberspace? Study after study, from Princeton to the GAO, attests to the vulnerability of our vote-counting computers to precisely such manipulation. Can America continue to place its trust and its fate in the voluntary abstinence of ends-justify-the-means true-believers and cynics?

Votes were meant to be cast in secret not counted in secret. A return to counting by humans in public, a civic obligation far less onerous than jury duty, is what our democracy demands from us as citizens, even in this age of hi-tech, speed, and convenience.

Jonathan D. Simon
Executive Director, Election Defense Alliance



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