And we succeeded!
State legislatures are passing laws attempting to manage the use of computers in elections. Election officials are ordering studies of the machines – and receiving back scathing reports. Congress is realizing that there is a severe problem that must be addressed. Even some of the media has begun to report responsibly about the issue.
By presenting overwhelming evidence of the practical and theoretical failure of computerized voting, we succeeded in educating citizens, law-makers, election officials, and the press to the imminent danger of trusting our elections to invisible ballots controlled by greed-motivated vendors.
A few pets poisoned by tainted pet food, and a national recall begins within days.
Tens of thousands of voters disenfranchised by flawed computer equipment; thousands of votes lost on e-voting machines; hundreds of elections in doubt; dozens of lawsuits filed against the vendors and the use of their machines; and our elected representatives can’t figure out what to do!
Have we become a nation of idiots? When a clear and present danger to democracy becomes evident, why can’t our public servants figure out what to do? Even the most corrupt among them must realize that if democracy dies, their own life style will die along with it.
The New York Times is calling for a national ban on electronic voting machines. So are untold numbers of citizens who have been studying the issue for years. So are we.
There may still be time for our representatives to listen.
~ Ellen Theisen and John Gideon