Tuesday, January 08, 2008

voting machines


"Introduced after the 2000 hanging-chad debacle, the machines were originally intended to add clarity to election results. But in hundreds of instances, the result has been precisely the opposite: they fail unpredictably, and in extremely strange ways; voters report that their choices "flip" from one candidate to another before their eyes; machines crash or begin to count backward; votes simply vanish. (In the 80-person town of Waldenburg, Ark., touch-screen machines tallied zero votes for one mayoral candidate in 2006 — even though he's pretty sure he voted for himself.)"


mbh said...

That is why I have been using absentee ballots since 1984... I know how computers are only as smart as the people programming them.



Adam said...

yeah or they could vote the way the programmer wants them to vote.