Those who have followed the growing controversy over electronic voting machines are well aware that, as we have highlighted, these machines are a direct threat to our elections for multiple reasons. First, all machines and source codes that have been examined by computer scientists have proven to be highly insecure. Second, these machines have broken down and lost votes in every national election in which they have been used. And third, Premier Election Systems (formerly “Diebold”?) has recently admitted that in fact there is a “critical programming error”? in their machines that can affect vote totals. Critics have charged that at least two statewide races have been stolen and even Robert Kennedy Jr. has laid out the case for computer fraud in the 2004 presidential election.
In this year's presidential primary, 1.7 million Massachusetts voters
cast a ballot. That's over a million more than the number that voted in
the 2004 primary. Such an increase in turnout is unprecedented in the
state, and similar increases took place in states throughout the
country. What made for such a jaw-dropping surge in democratic
participation? The answer is simple: people in every state felt their
voice mattered. Wouldn't it be great if Massachusetts voters felt that
way in November as well?
Progressive States Executive Director Joel Barkin has a new op-ed published by the New Hampshire Union Leadertoday:
AMERICA has a problem. Newspapers report a half dozen members of Congress may go to jail for their dealings with Jack Abramoff. Between 2000 and 2005, the number of lobbyists in Washington doubled to nearly 35,000 ï¿½ almost 70 lobbyists for every member of Congress.