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3:39pm on Tuesday, 7th November, 2006:

Vote with your Fingers


I heard on the radio this morning an explanation of the electronic voting system in use in the US elections. When one of the election officers was asked how she knew the machines couldn't be tampered with, she said there was tamper-tape on them so they could tell if anyone had broken into them. The implication was that this mean the votes recorded on that machine would not be counted.

So if I live in a district which is heavily in favour of party X but I want to vote for party Y, all I have to do is tamper with the tamper-tape and then the election officials will have to throw out all the votes made on that machine, most of which will be for party X?


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