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Will Your Vote Count in the Next Election?

A growing concern over the inadequacies of election equipment in the United States has recently been heightened by the problems of the 2000 Presidential election. Added to the mix is the election reform mandated by recent federal legislation attempting to address the concerns. The result is that many states are scurrying to replace their older equipment with new electronic voting computers.

Unfortunately, election technology has not advanced to the point where it can provide us with electronic systems that are reliable enough to trust with our democracy. In other words, we just aren’t there yet.

Here are the facts:

  • Computer experts say today’s voting machines are prone to errors and vulnerable to fraud.
  • Defective hardware and bugs in software could decide who wins an election.
  • Even thorough testing can’t reveal malicious programs that could subvert an election.
  • Many election officials don't realize the risks inherent in using electronic voting machines.
  • Courts have ruled that secret software can be used to record and count our votes.
  • Manual recounts will be impossible in districts that don’t allow voters to inspect a paper record of their votes.

Audio: Rockin' the Boat: Interview with Bob Kibrick, legislative analyst with

[ I California at a glance I Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) machines and Santa Cruz County ]



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my parents, our ancestors.. have faught to make this land the land of the people. I wasn't born here, but my parents brought me here for a better life, we traveled to many nations seeking justice and truth. We come here, we work, we become part of life here, and only to find out that one day, this place might no longer be like the place we once knew. I have seen corruption in other countries, it is sad that many here don't even grasp how wonderful this country is for it's constitution... we may loose it if we don't treat it with respect, and if we don't respect each other. Why should we fight about this when we all agree on the same principles? I am not against anyone, I am instead, for everyone, I am for liberty and truth, but not at the cost of loosing liberty and truth itself. The more we protect ourselves from ourselves, the more fear we create in the hearts of the ones we may call "others". We only hurt each other if we use fear to push us forward. We only succeed if we use wisdom, not violence to face problems. Every action/force exerts an equal and opposite action/force.
I have said nothing, if I have only put words together, words I've heard and read from wiser man than myself. There is nothing to apose or agree to, I am not making a point, or even a question, just putting thoughts out there. Seems like every time a point or question is made, people want to counter them, and then anger comes, and then... people seem to forget why they are living, and worry about surviving themselves. E-ki.


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