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Friday, April 8, 2011

Our Balloting Systems are BROKEN

No links today - just my thoughts. If you want links, please use your search engine of choice - a plethora of links is available.

Accusations are flying right and left :-/ regarding our most recent crisis in Wisconsin regarding the Supreme Court election.

Fraud? Incompetence? Simple human error? I don't know that we will ever have a definitive answer.

Ultimately, it is a crisis that has developed because of a flawed SYSTEM.

I don't claim to know the exact details regarding how this could happen in Waukesha County. It sounds like some sort of homegrown hodgepodge of software was, and is being used to count precious votes. Your vote. My vote.

If that is the case, it's doubtless happening EVERYWHERE, in some form or other.

If that is the case, if every county in the United States is off doing their own thing, it casts doubts on the veracity of EVERY election, not just this one.

If that is the case, it needs to be fixed. NOW.

We need a standard. We need a system with built-in audits, controls. Right now, with some votes being cast electronically, some on paper - it's a system that is fraught with potential for error, abuse, fraud.

Obviously, Florida did not wake us up to the gravity of this situation, because it did not lead to development of a standard system that would - if not PREVENT this crisis - at the very least, reduce the likelihood of its happening again.

Will Wisconsin wake us up?

Much better minds than mine will need to come together to fix our balloting system.

If reform and rebuilding of that system does not occur, we can never be assured that our tallies are ultimately accurate and that our voices are heard. It is pure illusion.

That is unacceptable.

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