Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Vote Rigging

I've always been suspicious of the 2000 and 2004 election results. And there's always been lots of smoke. But no one has ever found the fire. And that's still the case.

However, the best case yet is being made by the Government Accounting Office. Here's is a very good summary of the results the GAO found in investigating allegations of fraud, at the request of Rep. John Conyers. Remember, Bush won in Ohio by little more than 100,000 votes out of 5.6 million cast. That's a very thin margin that makes any irregularities/slack in the voting system a problem.

I won't quote all the GAO findings, you can read them in the well written article above. While the GAO still didn't find the fire, the smoke was very thick. At best the system sucks. At worst there was a conspiracy of fraud.

The process of voting is a cornerstone to the successful workings of a democracy. To have the system be the hodge-podge of flimsy systems we have it shameful. Whether there was fraud or just a terrible, insecure, inefficient system, the GAO report has made it clear that change is needed. It's been needed for years. But without future reforms, the very legitimacy of the government stays in question.


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