Security's Everyman

Security's Everyman

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Elections gone awry

Martin McKeay often talks about the insecurities that are rampant in electronic voting machines. Here is another example of just how big a problem this could become. It wouldn't take much planning on the part of those who wanted to disrupt our elections to really make a mess out of things. And this article focuses on the physical problems not the technology issues. There are those who are just sitting on the sidelines waiting for a reason to scream and complain about what went wrong and why the results of this precinct or that precinct should be thrown out. There are too many problems, both known and unknown, with electronic voting for us to turn to it at this time.

I don't claim to be an expert on the subject by any means. I have to admit that if it wasn't for listening to Martin I probably would not have been aware that there were problems until they slapped us in the face. Expert or not I am a tax paying citizen who is VERY concerned about the very real problems that are waiting on the horizon. These aren't problems that may send unwanted emails or cause pop-ups on your PC. They could very well change the results of elections all the way from your local school board member to who is elected President of the United States. We need to keep on top of this and do all that we can to make sure that these issues are fixed and that we don't let this get out of control any more that it already has.

What can we do? Call your Congressmen and Representatives at both the state and federal level. Read up on the issues surrounding this and what others have to say. They may spark an idea in your head that helps to resolve this.

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