Voting with no paper trail... secret computer code... conflicts of interest
Outsourcing our elections
Michael I. Niman
Manipulating election votes, the act of stealing an American election, used to sound far fetched. While many people weren't always confident that voters would make fully informed decisions, it was assumed that each vote would at least be counted. Then came Florida--and the whole quaint notion of elections got tossed out the window. The final 2000 election recount showed that George W. Bush didn't win but he came close enough to move in for the kill.
With calls to remediate the nation's patchwork of antiquated election systems, Congress enacted the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002, providing $3.9 billion in funding to put new electronic voting machines in place by the 2006 election. Like the USA PATRIOT Act, HAVA passed on a knee jerk vote by congressional representatives who had little understanding of the ultimate ramifications of their vote.
note: We did not receive the author's permission to reprint the full article online, so we are including only the first two paragraphs with a link to a different version of the same article published in ArtVoice October 30th, 2003 and in The Humanist Jan/Feb 2004. --webmaster
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