Sunday, July 11, 2004

Objective Reporting On Voting Reveals Indefensible Position

Thanks to Eric in Boston for this NYTimes piece from Thursday (in GuvWurld archive, links to original).

David Pogue poses as a classic journalist, clearly going out of his way to be fair and balanced in showing the pros and cons of electronic voting. It is important to note his conclusion that the voting machine companies are not to be trusted:
""How can we trust the voting-machine companies?" You can't, really.
The tales of conflict-of-interest and contributions to political parties are appalling. (Visit for a complete, if a bit overheated, list of alleged violations of propriety.)."

This speaks to why I emphasize the absence of a BASIS for confidence. You can't hold the position that the voting machine manufacturers are not trustworthy and simultaneously claim complete confidence. It is an indefensible position.



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