Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Security by Obscurity?

Bradblog has more information, including some charts and graphs, about the Zogby poll.

The survey was commissioned by election protection attorney Paul Lehto of Washington State. According to Lehto, “The public overwhelmingly opposes secret vote counting and favors election transparency and the public right to know.”

What the Zogby poll boils down to is this; citizens know they have the right to view and obtain information about how election officials count votes.

This is a fundamental right which is at the very core of democracy. If we don't have fair and open elections, we have nothing. Everything is built upon transparent elections, and for officials, such as the Registrar of Voters in San Diego, to throw up roadblocks that stop citizens from exercising their right to SEE the election process is deplorable. They should be nothing but cooperative.

The Zogby poll shows that people overwhelmingly understand the importance of transparent elections, and election officials that deny, and hide, and refuse to cooperate, are completely out of touch with this reality.

And I haven't even addressed the multitude of problems with electronic voting machines with it's proprietary (secret) vote counting software.

These poll results should strengthen our resolve to address all of these issues that are associated with what is becoming our "faith-based" voting system. We have checks and balances in this country, and we should NEVER be forced to accept elections on faith and blind trust. Our votes should not be "counted" by private companies with secret software that determines our elections without benefit of those checks and balances.

We need to demand that our elections are always transparent and WE need to OWN our elections. Not Diebold. Not ES&S. Not Hart Intercivic. Elections need to be secure, and verifiable, and as long as we are using proprietary software and hackable machines they absolutely are not. The Zogby poll shows that people understand that.


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