Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Election machines are no friend of democracy
By PAUL LEHTO
The purpose of elections is freely choosing our public servants by majority-rule elections. The essence of America is self-government, recognizing that all legitimate government power comes only from elections in government "of the people, by the people and for the people."
First, they count our votes under invisible secrecy. It's just like counting votes in a smoke-filled backroom, except only corporate insiders are allowed to count or watch, with corporate hard-drives providing the smoke. Invisible electrons are counted instead of paper ballots, and the process is claimed a protected commercial "trade secret." No information ever emerges from these vote-counting black holes of software. Because secrecy means no accountability, this defeats the primary purpose of elections to hold government accountable.
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