Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Why is Hugo Chávez Involved With U.S. Voting Machines?

RealClearPolitics

By Richard Brand

The greater threat to our nation's security comes not from Dubai and its pro-Western government, but from Venezuela, where software engineers with links to the leftist, anti-American regime of Hugo Chávez are programming electronic voting machines that will soon power U.S. elections.

Congress spent two weeks overreacting to news that Dubai Ports World would operate several American ports, including Miami's, but a better target for their hysteria would be the acquisition by Smartmatic International of California-based Sequoia Voting Systems, whose machines serve millions of U.S. voters. That Smartmatic -- which has been accused by Venezuela's opposition of helping Chávez rig elections in his favor -- now controls a major U.S. e-voting firm should give pause to anybody who thinks that replacing our antiquated butterfly ballots and hanging chads will restore Americans' faith in our electoral process.

[snip]





First off, I'm not one of those conspiracy nuts that think DIEBOLD "stole" the election for Pres. Bush. And I'm all for a paper trail in an election, one that doesn't involve "chads", I did live in DUVAL county in 2000 after all, but this is kinda nuts.


I think we've become waaaaaaaaaaaay to accustom to getting vote results RIGHT NOW!!

Why? Would it really matter if it took a few days, or a week, for us to get our election results? I wouldn't mind.

Along with patience with the results I like Neal Boortz's idea of a 24 hour voting day.

Why should we just have 12 hours to vote? Seems like that leaves people that WORK FOR A LIVING, ya know the kind of people that leave for work at 6am and don't get home until 6pm, at a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to casting their vote.