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Re: OT: U.S. 2004 Election Fraud.
From: Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2004 14:08:35 -0500

On Mon, 15 Nov 2004 22:32:21 +0100, Florian Streck said:

Wasn't the reason for the Electors that at that time it was not
practicable to make a direct election due to the great distances in
America?

No, the concern was that people out in the boonies might be ignorant
hicks who would vote for a bad choice because they didn't have much
exposure to either candidate's viewpoints.  So they added the Electoral
College as a safety net (presuming that the actual electors would have
more information about all the candidates...)

Now can we get back to *security* issues, like "Is a Diebold hackable
by a chimpanzee?" :)

(Personally, I'm convinced that there *was* fraud on *both* sides, but
not enough to actually *provably* sway the end result for President, so
we need to move on and start thinking about how to make 2008 a *tough*
election to hack - and *that* discussion *is* on topic here.. ;)

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