Sunday, October 5, 2008

Did Homer Simpson Try To Vote For Obama On A Diebold Machine?

The scene above in which Homer Simpson attempts to vote for Obama reminds us of unresolved questions regarding voting procedures as we head into the November election.

We will vote with the awareness of voting irregularities dating back to 2000 in Florida and 2004 in Ohio. In 2003, Warren O'Dell, chief executive of Diebold Inc. and a top Bush fund raiser, wrote in a fund-raising letter that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."

Exactly what did O'Dell mean by that? I remember listening to a Diebold representative tell Sam Seder of Air America Radio that O'Dell regretted writing that sentence. Seder laughed and said, "I'll bet he does." wrote in reference to the 2004 election, "Susan Truitt, co-founder of the Citizens Alliance for Secure Elections, was quoted on its site saying that seven counties in Ohio had electronic voting machines without paper trails, and scientific exit polls showed Kerry with the lead. But verifying votes was impossible, she said.

"A recount without a paper trail is meaningless; you just get a regurgitation of the data,” Truitt said. “A poll worker told me [Wednesday] morning that there were no tapes of the results posted on some machines; on other machines the posted count was zero, which obviously shouldn’t be the case."

Note that Homer Simpson refers to Ohio. With recent history in mind, it's scandalous that we going to participate in one of the most important elections of our lives still without a guaranteed paper trail of votes cast.

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