Thursday, May 15, 2003

You thought Florida had problems? Just wait......

There's an interesting article in today's New York Times on high tech ballot boxes. (If you haven't already registered with NY Times to access these pages, just do it- it's free!)

"To Register Doubts, Press Here" by Sam Lubel

One paragraph in particular stuck out for me:

"Mike Kernell, a longtime Tennessee state assemblyman from Memphis and a technology enthusiast, is concerned about future elections because the new machines are harder to get a look at. 'We used to be able to check the machines and see if they'd been tampered with,' he said. 'It is now almost impossible.' Mr. Kernell wonders whether he will have to hire a computer programmer in his next race to make sure the machines are working smoothly and haven't been tampered with. 'We've hit a brick wall,' he said."

Of course, anyone that's been checking out on a regular basis already knows that Republican Senator Chuck Hagel has financial ties to the largest voting machine company, Election Systems & Software (ES&S).

E.P. Thursday, May 15, 2003