Monday, April 10, 2006

The future of elections in the USA

Just when we face the worst presidency in the history of the republic, and a majority party in Congress consumed by corruption and corporate shilling on one hand, and appeasing a radical, reactionary, anti-intellectual, pseudo-Christian movement on the other, we have this:

Dennis Vadura is the former CEO of AccuPoll, a voting machine vendor that has filed for bankruptcy. He has this to say about the industry (emphasis added):

"I am not happy about the outcome, or the state of the industry. I think that something needs to be done. I'm not sure what it is, it probably doesn't include AccuPoll at this point, but I do not feel that any of the vendors has a system that voters can trust. I think that vendors outright misrepresent the robustness, stability, and security of their systems. You just have to look at the litany of problems and it points at one thing, bad fundamental design, and not enough checks and balances. I also wonder why the other vendors were so adamant in fighting a VVPAT [voter verified paper audit trail] system requirement. They spent much more in fighting it than in implementing it."

-- Courtesy of "News From Underground." Read the whole article on the voting machine mess by John Gideon Executive Director of, Information Manager of

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