Guest blogged by Winter Patriot
A vigilant BRAD BLOG reader (here's a tip of the hat to sorseress) has sent me a very interesting editorial from Tucson, and asked me what I thought. What an invitation! I've been following the discussion, but I'm no expert, especially compared to Brad --- not to mention some of his readers! So I figured I'd post a link and quote some quotes and share some of my reactions, and ask you whether or not you agree.
I'm especially serious about this next bit: your opinions --- pro or con --- are most welcome in the "comments" section of this thread.
OK? Here's the editorial, from the Arizona Daily Star and azstarnet.com:
I suppose everything hinges on what you mean by "demonstrable" ... and what you mean by "flaw" ...
So here are my questions: Demonstrable flaws in what? How many flaws? How serious do they have to be? And how do they have to be demonstrated?
In my nearly frozen opinion, one serious security flaw should be enough to disquailfy any machines and/or any vendors from consideration. And I would like the flaws to be demonstrated elsewhere, please! After all, isn't it easier to learn your lessons the easy way --- by watching what happens when somebody else makes a mistake?
But let's not get ahead of ourselves here: that's just the headline: Here's the bulk of the editorial:
The Pima County Board of Supervisors should approve the use of touch-screen voting machines for the Sept. 12 primary election.
On June 6, the five-member board approved buying — but not using — 409 Diebold Elections Systems machines. The county bought one machine for each precinct because it had to spend $2 million in federal money to be in compliance with the Help America Vote Act.
So far the Board seems quite sensible; they had to spend the money so they spent it, but they didn't actually have to use the machines, so they haven't ... so far!
Aha! I know this story. This is the one about the man who dove headfirst into the quicksand because he had accidentally touched the sand with his toe!
I've seen this movie before. The poor fellow dies. Such a shame!