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California Voted "NO" On Paperless, Insecure Voting Machines

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Various California secretaries of state have been on of top of voting  machine vulnerabilities from the beginning, because they are hackable, riggable and left no paper trail.

Diebold's machines in particular, were under suspicion, and declared verboten in the state, because of the above, and Diebold refused to provide paper backup for verification.

Worse...Diebold's founder/owner publicly vowed to make sure Republicans and neocons would be elected, and is known to contribute heavily to their campaigns.  All Diebold contracts were cancelled and their use was banned in the state.

Los Angeles adopted the Inkavote Plus system, which came under suspicion for hacking vulnerability last August, and why it took so long for Secretary of State Debra Bowen to decertify the machines is a mystery.

Thirty days before our February 5th primary she issued a new series of security measures on L.A. County's system to prevent hackers who might want to tamper with the system.

Los Angeles County election officials were told to fix the problems... or else.

Unfortunately, or else, wasn't specified.

Working together with Bowen, local officials say they can fix the problems and institute the new security measures in time for the primary.

Well and good. Election fraud has always been a problem to one degree or another, and I want to be assured that all is kosher with the Inkavote Plus system, even if I'm still somewhat suspicious that any and all security measures might not be fully effective.

To be sure, any man who thinks he's built the smartest mouse trap to outwit the most wily of mice, is sure to go down to defeat when a really smart rodent comes along and outsmarts him.

Nothing is foolproof and what one man can invent another one can reinvent.

With invention always comes reinvention.  The more electronic wizardry there is the more people find ways to make it less enjoyable for us to use.

Love your email, but hate the spam.  Love all the info the Internet provides, but beware the mis-info.  There's never been an easier way to type up term papers or reports.  That's good.  Having them obliterated by a power surge or failure is bad. 

Good/bad. Bad/Good. Always taking the bitter with the better.

It's a mystery why banks have perfected transferring kazillions of dollars into accounts all over the world on a daily basis, but voting machines are so difficult to protect from the unscrupulous.

I'm sure voting machines can be as safe and protected as ATM machines.  Always suspicious, I wonder if someone or someones don't want them to be tamper-proof.

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Sandy Sand began her writing career while raising three children and doing public relations work for Women's American ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation through Training). That led to a job as a reporter for the San Fernando Valley Chronicle, a (more...)
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