Saturday, September 25, 2004

Block The Vote

245 Electronic Votes Lost in Fla. Primary:
TAMPA, Fla. - A mistake by an election worker "lost" 245 electronic ballots cast in last month's Florida primary, but the mix-up didn't affect the outcome of any race when the votes were finally counted, authorities said.

Hillsborough County residents cast the ballots before the Aug. 31 election on an ATM-style machine set up at a library, said Elections Supervisor Buddy Johnson. A member of Johnson's staff left the machine, made by Sequoia Voting Systems, in test mode. The votes were recorded and stored but not counted until they were found Friday

This is reassuring. Digital voting is going and going according to plan. I just hope this is the worst sort of irregularity we'll see during the Presidential Election. It isn't like certian members of the government don't have other ways to undermine democracy. Vote suppression has been practiced in the past by Bush and other Republicans in the past (Salon has a very thorough article about this ) and there is no reason to doubt they won't do it again.


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