Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Indiana TV Station Investigates - Will Your Vote Count?

WISH-TV in Indianapolis, IN did a two part story called Will Your Vote Count? I have e-mailed the two reporters with the No Confidence Campaign Primer.


“With the voting machines, it's no single instance that is, by itself, great cause for concern, but it's the number of them that continue and the possibility for more.” --Purdue University's Eugene Spafford, one of the nation's leading computer security experts.

“It's one of those areas of a leap of faith. That you really do have to have a faith in your local jurisdiction, that they are conducting equitable elections in the best faith of the voters.” --James Ries, president of Indianapolis-based MicroVote which has been making electronic voting machines for about 20 years.

In addition to these articles, tonight I did a way too brief 5 minute No Confidence presentation for the members of WILPF. The articles and the meeting both suggest yet again (as did Rebecca at last week's meeting with members of the Arcata Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee), that the emphasis belongs on the lack of a BASIS for confidence. It certainly isn't going to be faith, as Ries suggests above. If anything, unquestioning acceptance has gotten us where we are now. Besides, is that really the best BASIS for maintaining confidence, especially when so many examples suggest trust is no longer warranted?

It is getting unequivocally easier to win support for the No Confidence movement. If you can remember the uncertainty of 2000, you can imagine it happening again; and if you can imagine it happening again, then by definition you lack some degree of confidence. You don't need to be able to say you've got "No Confidence." If you lack even some degree of confidence your doubts question the BASIS for confidence. If you are tired of being lied to, stop believing.



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