Why Computers Don’t Work and Touchscreen Voting Machines are BAD FOR DEMOCRACY

By on Jan 16, 2008 in Politics

Over Thanksgiving, Adam and I visited an old friend and his new girlfriend. The conversation, predictably, turned to politics. Adam or I somehow or another, predictably, brought up Greg Palast and his investigations into systematic voter disenfranchisement by the republican party in 2000 & 2004 in FL, NM, and OH. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Read about it on GregPalast.com and/or buy his book, Armed Madhouse. Girlfriend commented that we are less sophisticated with voting that Honduras (or some Central American country) because they use touch-screen voting machines. I was instantly transported back to my Computer Science professor’s office after the 2004 elections and our, admittedly random, conversation on the horrors of touchscreen voting. That’s right: Two people with advanced degrees in Computer Science think touch screen voting machines are a bad...