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Re: Presidential Candidates' Websites Vulnerable
From: Barry Fitzgerald <bkfsec () sdf lonestar org>
Date: Thu, 01 Jul 2004 17:26:14 -0400

Harlan Carvey wrote:

Problems with electronic voting; FYI

I'm familiar with some of the issues regarding
electronic voting...what I'm not seeing is the
connection between that and this draft issue you
raised.



From what I recall, the reason that the draft bill was put forth in congress was to send a message to the Bush administration to try to keep them from going to war. The idea was that if the nation required sacrifice, it should have to sacrifice fully and the possibility of a random draft might keep them from acting for fear that their children would get drafted.

From where I sit, I don't think that that would have stopped them at all, but that's another issue altogether.

I think that where the two stories do link (and this doesn't have to be the draft, it could be literally any piece of legislation) is that the ability to compromise the voting machines could make the politicians more likely to pass a greater number of questionable bills because they wouldn't have to be accountable to the elections process anymore. If some of what's coming from companies like Diebold is true (like their executives promising elections to republicans) then we have something to be concerned with on our hands.

Aside from that, I don't think there's a direct link except to say "look what they'll do if our election system is compromised!"

Keep in mind, people in the Soviet Union voted as well, but the elections were fixed.

            -Barry

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