Jan. 3rd, 2008 11:37 am
zonewombat: (cake or death)
OK, I just registered to vote in Virginia.  This will hose my taxes, but instead of voting absentee in a state that will go blue anyway, I have a chance to make a difference with my vote.

Of course, I have no idea who I'm going to vote FOR.  Whoever gets elected will inheirit a big old steaming bag of shit, courtesy the Shrub, so in a way I feel like another Republican should have to deal with that.  But I can't face 4 more years of Republican appointments, let alone everything else.  So which of the Democrats do I saddle with the cleanup?  I'm leaning toward Obama, but minorities in America have been handed bags of shit for centuries and it might be nice to break with tradition.

And there's no way I'm voting for Hillary.  It's bad enough selecting a president from a wide open field of two candidates; let's not make it a wide open field of two families. 
zonewombat: (head ass)
You really should check out this article on ArsTechnica (I found it via Slashdot) on how voting machines can be easily hacked.

Excerpt: Our national election infrastructure is now largely an information technology infrastructure, so the problem of keeping our elections free of vote fraud is now an information security problem. If you've been keeping track of the news in the past few years, with its weekly litany of high-profile breeches in public- and private-sector networks, then you know how well we're (not) doing on the infosec front.

Over the course of almost eight years of reporting for Ars Technica, I've followed the merging of the areas of election security and information security, a merging that was accelerated much too rapidly in the wake of the 2000 presidential election. In all this time, I've yet to find a good way to convey to the non-technical public how well and truly screwed up we presently are, six years after the Florida recount. So now it's time to hit the panic button: In this article, I'm going to show you how to steal an election.


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