Black Box Voting
I had the pleasure of listening to my favorite radio show on the way into work this morning and they interviewed Bev Harris from BlackBoxVoting.org. Morse posted a bit on problems with the Diebold voting machine a while back, but according to Bev the problems go much, much deeper.
Did you know that:
22,000 defective Diebold voting machines were sent to Georgia in 2002?
a computer miscount overturned the House District 11 result in Wayne County, North Carolina?
a cell phone was used to transfer a vote database in Marin County, California?
Neither did I.
In her book and on the site she discusses ways in which voting machines (computerized or mechanical) can be hacked. The source code on the Diebold voting machines is open source. While that's not a bad thing in and of itself it does mean that people interested in exploiting the weaknesses therein can do so more easily. The good thing is that since that's a known quantity things can be done to help ensure that vote rigging is at least hard to get away with.
So what can we do? BBV.org covers that in quite some detail. Warning, it does require some work on our part. If you're interested you can download what they call the Citizens Tool Kit. It's an extensive document consisting of twenty modules. Each is self contained and they encourage you to just pick one and run with it. To look at each module separately you can look here. The complete book, BLACK BOX VOTING: Ballot-Tampering in the 21st Century, is also there so that you can download it and find out why this is so important.