November 10th, 2004

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The Problem with Electronic Voting Machines

A great article(s) by Bruce Schneier:

The Problem with Electronic Voting Machines

In the aftermath of the U.S.’s 2004 election, electronic voting machines are again in the news. Computerized machines lost votes, subtracted votes instead of adding them, and doubled votes. Because many of these machines have no paper audit trails, a large number of votes will never be counted. And while it is unlikely that deliberate voting-machine fraud changed the result of the presidential election, the Internet is buzzing with rumors and allegations of fraud in a number of different jurisdictions and races. It is still to early to tell if any of these problems affected any individual elections, over the next several weeks we'll see whether any of the information crystallizes into something significant.

Read the article here: http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2004/11/the_problem_wit.html
Or read it here, with inline links: http://www.opendemocracy.com/debates/article-8-120-2213.jsp

Interestingly, each is slightly different from the other. The second specifically refers to names and events and links to them, so if you like that sort of thing, go there. Each has essentially the same content (and even if you read the first, you can always pull up the second just to follow its links), and I highly recommend reading at least one of them.
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Hello, Alberto Gonzalez...

...goodbye civil rights.

If GW has his way, the new attorney general will be Alberto Gonzalez. For those of you not familiar with the name, while he is hispanic, and that's arguably* a good thing, he also happens to be part of the legal team that decided that the torture at Abu Ghraib was just peachy-keen and totally legal.

Yes - amazingly, we've gone from bad to worse. Let's hope that he doesn't get confirmed by the Senate, but hey, all of the Republicans with any morals already sold themselves out to GW this year, so not much chance of that.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/nm/20041110/pl_nm/bush_cabinet_dc

* - As a minority, I'm a big fan of seeing minorities in the upper echelons, but only if they belong there. I'd rather have a competent, honest caucasian in a post than an evil, incompetent minority. (Not that I'm saying Gonzalez is evil or incompetent, I'm just talking purely theoretically, and the fact that he condones torture - and did it poorly - has nothing to do with it. *cough*)