A sort-of-useful survey on the voting systems in (just) 14 states

This fragmentary survey of the US voting system should be used with care, since the information it contains, though valid in itself (which is why I'm sharing it), is offset bytwo whopping lies:

1) The piece notes "Russia's election interference in 2016," and warns that"Russia will be back," as if those "facts" weren't fantasy—a propaganda fictionhighly dangerous to (what's left of) US democracy. 

The danger lies not only in the possibility of war with Russia, whose "election interference" has been deemed a casus belli by the US war machine, and grounds for a first-strike nuclear attack. Beyond that catastrophic possibility, there also isa certain mortal danger to US democracy (such as it is)—and by "certain," I mean happening right now—in the use of that explosive myth of "Russian meddling" to obscure the epic record of election interference by the GOP. (While election theft in the US has also been committed by the Democrats, they tend to specialize in vote suppression, while computerized election fraud is a Republican speciality,since they dominate the electronic voting infrastructure coast to cast.)

That parenthetical aside relates to the second Big Lie tacitly propagatedby this piece:

2) While paperless voting (or "voting") is indeed horrendous, and shouldbe banned from coast to coast on civic grounds, as this piece suggests, to replace (or "replace") that insecure machinery with paper ballots to becounted (or "counted") electronically is, to put it mildly, no improvement,since the op-scans used to count those ballots can be hacked with ease,in minutes, without leaving any fingerprints—and have been, time andtime again. One could even argue that an electronic counting of the vote—the paper vote—in every state would actually be worse than what's in place right now, since it would create a false sense of security (the"Russian threat" aside).

But we have to start somewhere; and since those paperless machinesare egregious, and we should know which states still use them, thispiece is useful, despite those two huge flaws.


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