Democracy in California

Debra Bowen,

“As Secretary of State, I intend to begin a thorough review of all voting systems currently certified for use in the State of California.”

Hat-tip Brad Friedman, and if I haven’t written about the voting machine issue in awhile, BradBlog has remained on top of it and I know they could use your support.

The problem with current voting machines is they are proprietary and inherently untrustworthy. There is a strong political incentive to cheat, so there must be every protection against cheating. The consequences of a stolen election are dire indeed, as most people may realize. This is a matter of not merely life and death for one person, but potentially for the whole world, all of humanity. So if machines are used, they cannot be a black box that “does something” which cannot be audited publicly. No count which is stored in electronic form should ever be trusted if it cannot be checked against paper ballots, and such checks should be performable without cost to a candidate. It should never be the case that democracy is held hostage by the lack of financial resources on the part of outsider candidates to get a fair counting.

I’m pleased that Debra Bowen is doing her job, she is an exceptional human being in politics.

2 Responses to “Democracy in California”

  1. ellroon Says:

    Unless she inspects the electronic voting machines and declares them safe and why on earth are we complaining about the nice Diebold guy…. But for now, I will hope and watch carefully.

    I do hope she realizes how pissed off the voting population is. We aren’t going to take any more of the oh-so-convenient voting ‘problems’ anymore.

  2. whig Says:

    No, I think Debra’s for real, Ellroon. But time will tell.


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