UNITED STATES: RE: An oddity about this election's outcome
Randy Black writes: I find it odd that some among us speak of “secret” keys on electronic voting machines that are “said” to exist without offering some factual basis for such claims. I invite Phyllis Gardner to look at a couple of facts regarding Ohio. Touch screen voting machines are used in only a very few counties in Ohio (69 of 88 counties use punch card ballots). The ACLU sued the state of Ohio this year to force the state to adopt the touch screen machines in more counties, arguing that they were far more accurate. The ACLU argued that the touch screen machines were far less prone to errors. I suppose you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
If there was a problem in Ohio, and I’m not saying there was, it was the fault of the Democratic Party-controlled legislature. Five years ago, in 1999, Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, a Republican, proposed unrestricted mail-in ballots, weekend voting and a two-day election period. The proposal was rejected by the General Assembly (controlled by the Democrats?). Ohio is one of only a very few states that does not allow early voting, or any other options. A reasonable approach might include investigating which counties and precincts used the machines and what the votes were in those locales. One might find that the machines resulted in a majority for the Democrats, and then what?
Additionally, Diebold machines are in use in 37 states. Want to hazard a guess as to which states in addition to Florida and Ohio use them? I could identify a few via Google including California, Maryland, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, but then only in a few counties, not statewide.
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