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Life Arts    H1'ed 2/8/09

Following Up with Steve Heller, formerly known as the "Diebold Whistle-blower"

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I'm haunted by something I recently read in the New York Times: that 45 states have a budget deficit.  How the heck are we going to get anyone to throw out their old electronic voting systems if they have no money?

The fact is that switching to a paper ballot system would actually be a significant savings over the current cost of maintaining those horrible, inaccurate, unverifiable, and easily hacked electronic voting machines.  Dumping those damn machines and the maintenance contracts/costs that accompany them would actually save money for the states.  Paper ballot systems are much less expensive, they work better, and maintenance costs are very, very low.

Along those same lines, I'd urge the states to seriously consider suing the various voting machine companies for fraud.  These companies made guarantees in writing about the accuracy, reliability, and security of their voting machines and ballot counting devices, and most of these guarantees have been proven false.  I'm not a lawyer, but I'd say it's a pretty safe bet that many states would have a very strong civil case against these companies, and suing to recoup all or part of their costs for the fraudulent and shoddy equipment would be another way for a state to legitimately boost revenue.

Well, Steve, you’ve been very candid about your anything-but-dull life since 2004.  You stood up for American voters in a gutsy move that cost you, big time.  Thank you.  And, good luck to you!

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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