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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

YOU LOSE 

Here's a terrific piece comparingthe lack of security and accountability for electronic voting machines to the abundance for electronic gambling machines: GAMBLING ON VOTING.

EXCERPT: If election officials want to convince voters that electronic voting can be trusted, they should be willing to make it at least as secure as slot machines. To appreciate how poor the oversight on voting systems is, it's useful to look at the way Nevada systematically ensures that electronic gambling machines in Las Vegas operate honestly and accurately. Electronic voting, by comparison, is rife with lax procedures, security risks and conflicts of interest. On a trip last week to the Nevada Gaming Control Board laboratory, in a state office building off the Las Vegas Strip, we found testing and enforcement mechanisms that go far beyond what is required for electronic voting.

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