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Re: Will a vote for John Kerry be counted by a Hart InterCivic eSlate3000 in Honolulu?
From: Barry Fitzgerald <bkfsec () sdf lonestar org>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 10:32:34 -0400

Jason Coombs PivX Solutions wrote:


If we're going to allow these electronic voting devices in our elections, then we the people must be empowered to 
become the all volunteer quality assurance army that validates the data output.


Hey there Jason,

I share similar concerns. If we trace the "why" of this issue back to it's root (and discard conspiracy theories - which, given the attitude of a certain voting machine company that begins with a 'D's executives, would be impossible to discard) is that it comes down to the fact that our (s)elected officials are more and more often coming from the corporate power-base. There are two facts about corporate leadership: a) Negate your responsibility and liability and b) the appearence of legitimacy is all you need.

Using that filter, you can explain all of the actions and perspectives of the current government. Of course, this isn't a statesmanly thing.

This is why I support removing the right to run for office from anyone who has served as an executive in a company. Having served in that capacity produces a mindset that is poisonous to the democratic process. This is not a "discriminatory" practice in the sense that being elected is a right. That's the first argument people throw at me. However, it's an argument that is not grounded in reality. The criteria for serving in public office already includes discriminatory criteria that discludes people who don't meet it's guidelines because those guidelines have been determined to weed out those who would not make appropriate statesmen. This, of course, isn't a wholesale solution - but it is a start. Furthermore, being an executive is a choice. That's all you need to know about this situation. Actual legitimacy is not important to those in power and those producing these voting boxes, implied legitimacy is.

               -Barry

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